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Dutch cabinet is considering sending Turkey Patriot missiles

Wednesday 21 November 2012

The Dutch cabinet is considering the ‘desirability and possibilities’ of contributing to Turkish military defences after Ankara made a formal request to Nato for Patriot defence missiles.

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans and defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told parliament on Wednesday afternoon the cabinet is looking into the issue and they hope to update MPs in the short term.

'Solidarity between allies will be an important deciding factor,' a foreign ministry statement said.

Parliament positive

On Monday, the Volkskrant said the Netherlands and Germany are considering sending soldiers and Patriot air defence missiles to the Turkish border with Syria. The aim would be to protect Nato ally Turkey from Syrian aircraft and missiles.

A majority of MPs are positive about the idea of sending the Patriots, news agency ANP said.

If the cabinet honours Turkey’s request, it will be the third time Dutch Patriot missiles have been stationed in the Nato country. The Netherlands, Germany and the US are the only Nato countries with the most up-to-date Patriot systems.


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Readers' Comments

There's an interesting detail here. It'll be the 3rd time NL dispatches patriots to Turkey. With its growing economy; (almost 1.5 times larger than Netherlands, see CIA Fact Book) Turkey should have already invested in Patriots in the last 10-15 years. Instead they still ask for support from less economically powerful countries such as Netherlands. Even though I'm a supporter of the move, based on humanitarian motives, Turkey should be encouraged to invest in their defence systems.

By Can Chur | 21 November 2012 5:08 PM

Hi,
Dutch cabinet is considering sending Turkey Patriot missiles. As I understand it the decision has been made.

By Terence Hale | 21 November 2012 9:15 PM

Let's do something for damage control between NL and Turkey. The last coalition created enough turmoil damaging relations with this important trading partner; comments in parliament went so far as to liken the Turkish PM with an ape!!! Better throw a lot more gifts in the direction of Turkey to soothe their feelings.

By AC | 22 November 2012 1:17 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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