NATO chief Rasmussen: NATO ready to protect and defend Turkey.

By bne IntelliNews November 13, 2012
NATO will do whatever it takes to protect and defend Turkey, NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday as clashes between the Syrian rebels and regime forces intensified along the Turkish-Syrian border. NATO has not received a formal request from Turkey for a possible deployment of Patriot missiles yet but if Ankara makes such a request NATO will consider it, Rasmussen added. Meanwhile, the government of Turkey issued a diplomatic note to Damascus yesterday after Syrian jets and helicopters bombed a rebel-held town close to the common border. Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Syrian jets did not violate Turkish air space but the Turkish military would have responded if they had done so.

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