NATO to deploy Patriot missile system in Turkey again
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
NATO has decided to deploy the Patriot missile air defense system in Turkey again after Russian Aerospace Defence Forces' jet repeatedly violated its airspace, the Turkish Haber7 newspaper reported Feb. 1.
NATO also intends to send its planes to Turkey to support the local air defense system, according to the newspaper.
On January 29, Russian Aerospace Defence Forces in Syria violated the Turkish airspace. The Russian side denied the violation.
Relations between Russia and Turkey have deteriorated after Turkish Air Force jets shot down the Russian SU-24 bomber when it entered Turkish airspace Nov. 24.
After the incident the Russian president signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and on special economic measures in regard to Turkey.
Patriot missile air defense system was deployed in Turkey at the request of Ankara in 2012 to protect the country against a possible missile attack from Syria. However, some areas of Turkey still were subject to missile attacks from Syria.