World Bulletin / News Desk
NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday approved the deployment of Patriot air-defense missiles in Turkey, Germany's foreign minister said.
Guido Westerwelle said NATO decided to go ahead with the deployment of the Patriot batteries along Turkey's border with Syria against possible attacks.
Westerwelle said the move was aimed at the protection of the frontiers of NATO and its partners.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Germany, the Netherlands and the United States are the three countries which had the Patriot missile batteries in their arsenal and they were expected to send them to Turkey.
Rasmussen said the missile batteries would not be used to impose a no-flight zone over Syria or for any offensive operation against this country.
He said the missiles would be deployed "within weeks" as diplomatic sources familiar with the matter said it would take 3 to 5 weeks for the batteries to arrive in Turkey.
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