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Meeting in Brussels, NATO foreign ministers have agreed that the situation on Turkey's border with Syria and Iraq is “highly unstable” and committed to bolster Turkey's air defense, amid efforts to defuse tensions between Turkey and Russia after Ankara shot down a Russian jet last week due to an airspace violation.
Attending the Brussels meeting, US Secretary of State John Kerry also said on Wednesday that Turkey and the US will consult on how air and ground forces will cooperate to close the Syrian-Turkish border as well. US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Turkey to do a better job of sealing its Syrian border.
NATO allies plan to send patrol aircraft and missiles to boost Ankara's air defense, after the decision by Germany and the US to remove their Patriot missile batteries from Turkey. Spain is the only NATO ally that has Patriots in Turkey's Adana province.
"We must make full use of the capabilities we have to counter threats on NATO's southern flank," Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Reuters in Brussels during meetings with other NATO foreign ministers, as offers of ships and aircraft began to trickle in from allies.
"We must support our ally Turkey," he said. Diplomats said measures are likely to include more ships from NATO members in the eastern Mediterranean, more NATO planes based at the Turkish base in İncirlik and more missile defense batteries in addition to that of Spain. Foreign ministers said in a statement that the situation on Turkey's border with Syria and Iraq was "highly unstable" and committed to increase Turkey's air defenses, which they described as "assurance measures."
"We remain determined ... to continue developing additional NATO assurance measures and allies are working to prepare other possible contributions," the ministers' statement said...
hmmm...is this not NATO's plans of also beefing up their military presence in that area, since Russia has openly vowed to beef it's operations against ISIS amidst the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey.
I mean, if there aren't any NATO presence there in Syria, if SHTF between Turkey and Russia than it be a disadvantage for NATO, so I see this move by Germany a kind of race to increase military presence in that area, in case the bear devours the Turkey in the not so distant future, by the looks of things escalating thus far.
Pretty worrying developments to say the least..
originally posted by: InnerPeace2012
a reply to: bjarneorn
War between Russia and Turkey backed NATO, can potentially bring in other nations in on the fight, I just hope it does not have to end up being a nuclear war.
originally posted by: bjarneorn
Well, how crazy is the world, when the Russians appear on the "right" side?
originally posted by: Gothmog
Most likely sabre-rattling . Back to the old Cold War days apparently . Although a lot of the world has learned since then that that entire deal was nothing but political made-up BS for all sides.
The old saying - fool me once....should apply here for all the people of the world.
So, how am I doing so far?