"We, in turn, are interested in getting clarification from the Iranian
side over its plans to develop missiles which are often referred to with
alarm by our U.S. and European partners," Rogozin told Russia's RIA Novosti
news agency. "I hope this mission to Teheran will be a fruitful one."
"The deployment of this [missile defense] element in Turkey will
constitute our contribution to the defense system being developed within the
new NATO [defense] strategy and will strengthen the defense potential of
NATO as well as our national defense system," Turkish Foreign Ministry
spokesman Selcuk Unal said.
In a briefing on Sept. 2, Unal said details of the NATO radar deployment
were still being discussed, Middle East Newsline reported. The spokesman said the negotiations were in
their final stage and focused on technical issues.
Turkey's media have reported that the AN/TPY-2, produced by Raytheon,
would be deployed in the southeastern bases of either Adana or Malatya.
Reports asserted that the Turkish military has selected a location and was
conducting site preparations.
"Our country has supported this decision since the very beginning and
actively contributed to the process," Unal said.
The radar was meant to provide early-warning of Iranian ballistic
missile launches toward Europe or NATO facilities in the Middle East. Turkey
has insisted that Iran was not the target of any BMD system in Turkey.
Officials said negotiations over the radar began in the spring of 2011
and intensified in June. They said Erdogan agreed to the NATO site in an
effort to improve relations with the United States.
"This represents a critical contribution to the alliance's overall
defense against current and emerging ballistic missile threats," NATO
secretary-general Anders Rasmussen said.
"Turkey's decision will
significantly contribute to NATO's capability to provide protection to its
European territory, populations and forces against the growing threat posed
by the proliferation of ballistic missiles."