Patriot anti-aircraft guns from Germany and the Netherlands delivered to Turkey — they came on board 2-ships in the port Iskedrun, reports Al-Jazeera.
Funny day before about 240 of the German Armed Forces of Germany arrived at the Turkish air force base «Incirlik». They will be placed on the border with Syria in the framework of the NATO mission and will serve the anti-aircraft missile complexes Patriot, provided by Germany.
Patriot will be deployed in the south of Turkey, Ankara, on demand for protection against attacks from Syria, not far from its borders. Total NATO forces are planning to place the 6 batteries Patriot — two from the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands. Complexes should be alerted first of February. They will make tracking air space over the eastern part of the Mediterranean, including the Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous, also fail to detect objects over Aleppo.
Decision on strengthening the defense system of the Turkish NATO countries adopted on December 4 last year. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen then stressed that placing anti-aircraft guns «would only be defensive in nature and will not be focused on the creation of a no-fly zone or any other offensive operations.»
First part of the U.S. air defense system were brought to Ankara in the midst of December. By December 27 the two complexes have already started to unfold, and was seen on January 4 editorial team of 27 U.S. military personnel who will serve SAM.
Meanwhile, on January 16 the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation expressed concern about the supply of anti-aircraft installations in Turkey. Similar military maneuver, which the West explains the need to protect Turkey from Syria, «can have tragic consequences for the region,» said Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov. In his view, at least some accumulation of armaments, particularly in crisis areas, making additional hazards.
Earlier Russian objections about the missiles on the border with Syria, NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen said that Our homeland is not entitled to interfere in this process, and third-party solution does not apply to NATO.