Turkey tells Moscow that Patriot missiles are ‘strictly for defense’

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

From Reuters:  Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that Moscow has no reason to worry about the Patriot missiles Ankara has asked NATO to deploy on its troubled border with Syria.

“Patriots are strictly a measure of defense, as Russia and other countries already know,” Davutoglu told reporters after a meeting with Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, the head of the newly-formed Syrian National Coalition.

“There is absolutely no reason for any country, particularly Russia, to worry about,” the foreign minister said.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen rejected Russian criticism on Thursday of the alliance’s possible deployment of Patriot missiles near Turkey’s border with Syria.  (photo: AFP)

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