Russia warns NATO against reinforcing Turkish defenses

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DOHA (Al Jazeera): Russia’s envoy to NATO has warned the alliance against reinforcing Turkey’s air defenses after the Turkish army downed a Russian military jet sparking a major and ongoing diplomatic row. Alexander Grushko said on Monday that Russia was not certain strengthening the forces would “strictly correspond to the task of neutralizing possible challenges from terrorist organizations.” The comments came after NATO allies discussed sending patrol aircraft and patriot missiles to Turkey — an alliance member. The country currently hosts only Spanish missiles.

NATO said on Tuesday that measures were likely to include more ships from NATO members, more NATO planes based in the Turkish base at Incirlik and more missile defense batteries. The final plan has not been made to date.

TNS

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