Russia Warns NATO Over Patriot Missile Deployment on Syria Border
Missiles Won’t Be Operational for Weeks
by Jason Ditz
November 22, 2012
NATO is expected to quickly endorse Turkey’s request for Patriot missile deployments along the Syrian border. This isn’t necessarily going to mean the missiles will even be sent to Turkey soon, however, and even the most optimistic say it will be weeks before they are operational.
That’s because even if the alliance rubber stamps the request, it doesn’t necessarily mean the nations that have the missiles will automatically do so, and the parliaments of either Germany or the Netherlands, the closest suppliers, will presumably want to vote on it. To avoid a vote Turkey could go with the US as a supplier, but they are much farther away.
The whole deployment idea is rubbing Russia the wrong way, however, and they are warning both Turkey and NATO against the plan, saying they should be trying to help broker peace instead of militarizing the border.