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January 15, 2014 9:40 am

Turkey Accepts Assurances That NATO Missile Defense System Won’t Protect Israel

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: World Economic Forum.

Reuters – Turkey has accepted assurances a planned NATO missile defence system in which it is playing a part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance’s deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government had resulted in part from confusion about a Turkish-hosted NATO radar. Ankara had been further assuaged by alliance Patriot anti-missile batteries assigned to protect its territory from Syria.

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