Patriot air and missile defense systems sent by the Netherlands and Germany on Monday arrived in Turkey where they are to be deployed for as long as a year in territory not far from the Syrian border under the NATO collective protection framework, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Netherlands on Monday began moving two Patriot batteries to Turkey, where they will form part of NATO's defense of its member nation against ballistic missiles and other threats from Syria, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. European Command on Friday said initial gear and staff have reached Turkey to aid in the operation of Patriot air-defense batteries intended to protect the country from feared chemical weapons attacks or other threats from Syria.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday said the Patriot missiles that his nation, Germany, and the United States intend to deploy to defend Turkey should be active by the end of next month, Reuters reported.
The Dutch government on Friday approved deploying Patriot systems to Turkey, in accordance with a NATO decision earlier this week to support its member's request for air-defense assistance against feared Syrian ballistic missile strikes, Agence France-Presse reported.
Russia on Wednesday renewed the threat of "security" actions should the United States and NATO continue to ignore its concerns about their plan to establish a ballistic missile shield in Europe, Interfax reported.
The first international sale of the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile (PAC-3) is expected to take place before the end of the year, according to manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. (see GSN, March 19).