Turkey: A New Option for European Missile Defence?
RUSI Newsbrief, 26 Jan 2010
By Cem Birsay
At a joint press conference on 28 August 2009 given by the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Mr Davutoglu was asked whether the missile defence system – which the US had previously planned to deploy in Poland and the Czech Republic – would now be shifted to Turkey. He ducked the question by saying that Turkey had not been asked about this. However, the US demand for Turkey’s participation in the project turned out to be a crucial agenda item at the Erdogan-Obama summit of December 2009. The Obama administration’s current policy is a clear departure from the Bush administration’s proposed missile defence system. Turkey’s response could not only affect political developments in the region, but also influence the relationship between NATO and Russia, due to the potential deployment of floating platforms in the Black Sea.
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