Ruling party: No parliamentary voting required to place European MDS in Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 21 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /
There is no need for parliamentary voting if placing the European missile defense system (MDS) in Turkey, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party Huseyin Celik was quoted by "Hurriyet" newspaper as saying.
"Turkey has dozens of NATO military bases. No voting was conducted for their placement," he said. "An early warning radar used to detect the threat of a missile attack is also a NATO project."
He also stressed that all details of installing a radar system were discussed at the NATO summit in Lisbon last year. This step is not aimed against any specific country.
Last week, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Rikardone and Adviser to Turkish Foreign Minister Firuddin Sinirlioglu signed an agreement to deploy the European missile defense system (MDS) on the Kurecik base.
The diplomat recalled that the decision on deploying an anti-missile defense system was adopted at the NATO summit in Lisbon last year. Turkey initially supported the initiative.
The already established anti-missile defense systems, including Aegis, are planned to be deployed in Europe at the first stage of creating European MDS. According to the plan, the system must be completed this year. The radar is an offshore radar detection system AN / TPY -2. The deployment of the radar and interceptor missiles will reflect regional ballistic missile threats to Europe.
The second phase will be completed by 2015.
The third phase must end in 2018. It involves the development, testing, and deployment of advanced SM -3 (Block IIA).
The fourth phase is planned to be completed by 2020, which involves deployment of SM -3 (Block IIB).