Turkey mulls participation in missile defense system

Turkey is yet to make a final decision regarding a Washington proposal that it participate in a collective missile defense system designed to counter potential threats from Iran. “For our decision, we need to see a united NATO position on the missile defense matter, and it is not there at this point,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said recently.

Turkey has expressed the intention to deploy a blended national missile defense, partially purchased and partially indigenous. The proposed NATO system would provide area coverage and not be redundant. Participation in a NATO system would provide the political cover Turkey feels it would need.

Source: Hurriyet Daily


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