Iranian FM warns NATO's radar in Turkey
Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 17 /Trend, D.Khatinoglu/
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warns on installing NATO's missile defence system in Turkey, IRNA reported.
Salehi said to a press conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nadbandian in Tehran that the West countries do not see the unified policy amongst the region countries and decision of Turkey to allow NATO's missile defence system is doubtable.
US Defense Department has said an 'early warning' radar system belonging to the Washington-led military alliance of NATO will become operational in Turkey by the end of 2011.
Earlier, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal announced the country's intention to host the apparatus on Sept. 2. Following Ankara's announcement, Russia criticized the plan and denounced NATO's efforts to advance eastward.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Turkey's collaboration would mark another step in the direction of the deployment "of the European segment of a global US missile defense system."
In September 2010, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen proposed to develop a 200-million-euro (253-million-dollar) US-backed missile system around Europe against possible attacks by "rogue states."
The NATO chief then named Iran's nuclear program as one of the reasons that justify the necessity of a missile system.