NATO has decided to place Patriot missiles along the Syrian-Turkish border, Israel Radio reported Friday, causing Russia to express concern.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the placement of the weaponry along the border was only meant for protection. The Syrian uprising has spilled over into Turkey in recent months, causing Istanbul to amass troops and exchange fire with Syrian troops along the border several times.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded that Moscow did not want to see NATO sucked into the cycle of violence in Syria, adding that the deployment of the weapons near the center of violence in Syria could ultimately lead to the use of the missiles.
Damascus also condemned the intention to place Patriot missiles along its border with Turkey, calling it an “act of provocation.”
Patriots are American-manufactured surface-to-air missiles that can engage and destroy ballistic weapons.