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NATO Predicts it Will Take Weeks to Field Patriots in Turkey

NATO on Friday said it would be some time before any Patriot air-defense missiles are installed in Turkey, Reuters reported.
 
"I would expect that if the decision is taken it could take several weeks to deploy, rather than months," spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.
 
The Western military alliance is expected to approve Ankara's request for air defense support against Syrian shells and ballistic missiles toward the beginning of next week, unidentified NATO diplomats said. Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States are the only NATO members that have Patriot batteries available, and they could need legislative authorization for sending the weapons to Turkey.
 
A NATO delegation is scouting for potential installation sites along Turkey's lengthy border with Syria. After the delegation submits its findings, alliance armed forces chiefs will give their advisements to NATO envoys, who are anticipated to then approve the deployments.
 
Lungescu declined to offer a timeline on how long it could take for national legislatures to approve Patriot deployments.
 

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