Russia warns that Turkey’s Patriot Missile deployment will destabilize region
The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed strong reservations after Ankara said it would request that NATO deploy Patriot missiles along the Turkey-Syria border.
Lavrov iterated Russia’s concerns about plans to deploy Patriot missile systems on Turkish territory in a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
“Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed [Lavrov] about the situation related to Turkey’s request that NATO deploy Patriot air defense missiles on its territory. Lavrov reiterated Russia’s concerns about the plans to step up the military potential in the region and the proposal on establishing a direct communication line between Ankara and Damascus to avoid incidents,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement it published on its website following the conversation.
Earlier, Lavrov used a theatrical metaphor to drive home Russia’s concern over the increased militarization of the region.
“Our concerns are rooted in the ‘Chekhov’s gun syndrome’ that says that if a gun appears on stage in the first act it will definitely fire by the third,” he said.