Patriot missiles will not remain in Turkey longer than necessary - NATO Secretary-General

The Patriot missiles that NATO is deploying in Turkey will not remain there longer than necessary, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview with Interfax, which will also be published in the Monday issue of Novaya Gazeta.

"That will of course very much depend on the situation on the ground. They will not be deployed for a longer period than it is necessary," Rasmussen said when asked for how long the Patriot missiles would stay in Turkey.

"The three deploying nations - Germany, the Netherlands and the United States - have decided that they deploy two batteries each. So all in all six batteries," he said.

Turkey earlier asked NATO to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory in case of possible attacks from Syria. The missiles are to be deployed near the Syrian border.

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