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Russia warns against NATO missiles on Syrian border

Russia warns against NATO missiles on Syrian border

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 23:40 hrs0 CommentsMoscow, Nov 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti)

Russia cautioned Thursday against Turkey's intention to deploy NATO Patriot missiles on its border with Syria.
"The militarisation of the Turkish−Syrian border would be an alarming signal," said Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich. "It would do nothing to foster stability in the region."

Lavrov: Patriot missile deployment in Turkey will lead to further regional destabilization

 

Lavrov: Patriot missile deployment in Turkey will lead to further regional destabilization

23 November, 2012

 

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.

Turkish Request for Missiles Strains Ties With Russia

Turkish Request for Missiles Strains Ties With Russia

Al Monitor, 23 November 2012

Despite fierce criticism from Russia, Ankara will not reverse its decision to officially ask NATO to deploy Patriot missiles along the Syrian border.

Barbs abound in Russian-German Consultations

Barbs abound in Russian-German Consultations

By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow

16 November 2012

Germany's relationship with Russia has eroded in recent years, with Berlin becoming much more critical of President Vladimir Putin's slow slide into authoritarianism. Ahead of Merkel's Friday arrival in Moscow, top Russian officials have ratcheted up the caustic rhetoric in response.

Russo-Turkish divergence: The energy dimension

Russo-Turkish divergence: The energy dimension

13.11.2012

By Younkyoo Kim and Stephen Blank
This essay focuses on the growing strains in Russo-Turkish relations due to Turkey’s deeply held belief that it is foreordained to be a Eurasian energy hub and Russia’s determination to use its energy capabilities to dominate Eastern and southeastern Europe.

Only Dialogue Can Ease Moscow-Berlin Tensions

Only Dialogue Can Ease Moscow-Berlin Tensions

A Commentary By Matthias Schepp in Moscow,translated from the German by Jan Liebelt

14 November 2012

Relations between Moscow and Berlin are particularly chilly ahead of the Petersburg Dialogue, a biannual meeting of politicians, businessmen, and civil-society representatives from Russia and Germany. Both sides will have no choice but to talk, listen and swallow some uncomfortable truths.

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