5 December 2012
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey did not need to use NATO's Patriot missiles against Syrian planes.
BRUSSELS -- After the two-day-long meetings of NATO foreign ministers' in Brussels, Davutoglu referred to NATO's approval on deployment of the Patriot air defense system in Turkey and said that how many Patriots would be deployed and where they would be placed would become clear according to the military equipment needs and capabilities of the alliance.
Referring to the statement of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about using Patriots only against missiles, and said, "Turkey has its own conventional power against planes anyways."
"Turkey has the power and ability to confront a risk regarding air forces. We do not have such a demand," he said.
Davutoglu added that demand of Patriot air defense system from NATO was "a caution" and it would be natural for Turkey to use the capabilities of the alliance in the case of risks.