Turkey’s official statement on request for ‘Allied air defense elements’


From Foreign Ministry of Turkey:  Request Made to NATO to Support the Augmentation of Our National Air Defence by Allied Air Defence Elements

In view of the threats and risks posed by the continuing crisis in Syria to our national security and following Council consultations held on 26 June and 3 October 2012 upon our request within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, a decision has been taken to formally request NATO to support the augmentation of our national air defence by Allied air defence elements.

Our request has been formally raised through a letter, which we have today issued at NATO.

The NATO Council will shortly convene to address our request.  (photo: Reuters)

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