The system is capable of countering ballistic missile threats from Turkey’s neighbor Iran, which last week warned Turkey that deployment of the radar at the military installation would escalate regional tensions.
“In this context, the site surveys and relevant legal arrangements have also been finalized, and accordingly a military installation in Kurecik has been designated as the radar site,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said. “That installation was used in the past for similar purposes.”
Kurecik in Malatya province lies some 435 miles west of the Iranian border.
Turkey’s announcement came a day after Romania signed a deal to host a crucial part of a U.S. missile defense system that Romanian President Traian Basescu said would bolster security in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Basescu announced the deal after meeting with President Obama in Washington.
NATO members agreed to an anti-missile system over Europe to protect against Iranian ballistic missiles at a summit in Lisbon last year.
Turkey has built close economic ties with Iran and has been at odds with the United States on its stance toward Iran’s nuclear program, arguing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff instead of sanctions.
Under the NATO plans, a limited system of U.S. anti-missile interceptors and radars already planned for Europe - to include interceptors in Romania and Poland as well as the radar in Turkey - would be linked to expanded European-owned missile defenses. That would create a broad system that protects every NATO country against medium-range missile attack.
Russia opposes the planned missile defense system, which it worries could threaten its own nuclear missiles or undermine their deterrence capability.View Entire Story
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