EXPERT: NATO RADAR IN TURKEY TO CAUSE REGIONAL TENSIONS
September 10, 2011 – 13:10 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Deployment of a NATO missile defense shield in
Turkey will create tensions in the region, an Armenian expert said.
“Turkey will never convince Moscow that the NATO radar doesn’t
present any danger for Russia,” Levon Shirinyan told a news conference
According to him, Ankara will found itself in an awkward position.
“Turkey will never convince Moscow that the NATO radar doesn’t present
any danger for Russia,” Shirinyan said.
“Moreover, it’s not accidental that Iran holds offensive exercise for
the first time over the past 30 years. Tehran has never eyed Ankara
as a reliable regional partner,” he added.
Turkey has recently agreed to host the early warning radar as part of
NATO’s missile defense system aimed at countering ballistic missile
threats from neighboring Iran.
The Turkish and U.S. governments said the radar system will help spot
missile threats coming from outside Europe, including potentially
from Iran. The system, provided by the United States, is to become
operational later this year.
Iran slammed the decision as “destabilizing.”