7 December 2012, 15:25

NATO draws itself into Syrian conflict – official

NATO draws itself into Syrian conflict – official

The deployment of Patriot air defence systems in Turkey near the Syrian border means that NATO is drawing itself into the Syrian conflict, said Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko.

It is most unlikely that Syria could be interested in aggravating the border situation, Grushko said during a TV link from Brussels on Friday.

Earlier this week, NATO Foreign Ministers approved the deployment of Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon systems in Turkey.

Ankara said it requested Patriot batteries to protect its territory against shelling from Syria. Several hundred NATO troops are also due to be deployed in Turkey to service the missile systems.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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