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    Russia Opposes NATO Missiles on Turkey-Syria Border

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    Russia has warned against NATO's possible deployment of Patriot missiles near Turkey's border with Syria.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that Turkey's request for deployment to the Western military alliance "would not foster stability in the region."

    NATO ambassadors met Wednesday to consider Turkey's request, which followed weeks of talks between Ankara and NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900 kilometer border to avoid a spillover from the Syrian civil war.

    The alliance's secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the deployment would augment alliance member Turkey's air defense capabilities and "would contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO's southeastern border."

    Turkey said Tuesday it had found allies who agreed to supply it with an advanced Patriot missile system. Only the United States, the Netherlands and Germany have the appropriate system available. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he had told his country's ambassador to NATO to approve Turkey's request.

    Turkey's border villages have been hit by artillery fire from Syria as forces loyal to Damascus battle rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad's government.

    Rasmussen has said that any missile deployment would be a defensive measure to counter mortar rounds, and not to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria. Syrian rebels have called for a no-fly zone as they are almost defenseless against Syria's air force.

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    by: Anonymous
    November 26, 2012 1:58 AM
    Turkey is a member of Nato. Turkey is helping the Syrian people with food and shelter and housing a serious burden. Turkey should be respected and should be able to defend its land even moreso housing also displaced Syrians... What Russia is doing is going to cause more hatred again in the world.. It goes to show just how much Russian Government values human life themselves. Turkey is wanting to protect itself with the help of Nato (A great deal of countries). Not on the offence but on the defence. What Russia is doing is digging itself deeper and deeper, not only by the rest of the world, but Russian people as well. Russian people are not liking the way their government is acting throughout this entire ordeal. Russian people value human lives and for no reason should these people not be protected, they've lost everything they own including loved ones. Assad can not be trusted in a last move he could try doing something crazy. Russian Government will have another mark on the tally for the world to remember. Less countries will be wanting to do business with Russia in the future because of this conflict. The world cares about the Syrian people. Assad, Russian Gov, Chinese Gov,, Iranian Gov, does not. The west and or Nato could of easily went in precisely and saved thousands of lives by ending things faster and putting a stop to a brutal killer, if it wasn't for China, Russia. Two low human rights countries of the world (Unfortunate for those people to have their governments).

    These patriots should be in place, and Russia should "Suck it up". There is no excuse for Russian government to object to this whatsoever. Remember Russia just tried to send a plane in to Syria with some sort of weapons onboard... Trying to equip a cold blooded big gun spending killer. Using your military to kill people of your country indiscriminately is obviously murder. Does the Russian Government not think so? Probably 90% of the 40,000 (likely double) people killed in Syria were with Russian bullets or bombs.
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    by: Gerrit from: india
    November 27, 2012 12:46 AM
    mr.Anonymous
    where a you from

    by: Cranksy from: USA
    November 22, 2012 12:21 PM
    "Rasmussen [NATO's secretary-general] has said the missile deployment would be a defensive measure to counter mortar rounds, and not to ...." Really? Military armaments are above my pay grade, but this seems like overkill.

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