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Iran under Turkish oppression2012-01-19 20:10
The United States have agreed with Turkey to deploy missile defense system at its territory elements. Radar of early warning TPY-2 was commissioned in the city of Malatya.
The negotiations between Ankara and Washington on the basing of U.S. radar was not simple. From the outset, the Turkish side had a condition: the U.S. would not send Israel the information collected by radar. In addition, Turkey insisted on complete control over ABM system, located on its territory.
The final items of the agreement are still unknown. But, apparently, Ankara has clearly remained in the win. According to certain source, Radar will be controlled from an operations center in Germany. The data, collected by the radar, will be transferred to the Turkish authorities. According to another version, Turkey has no employee on the station maintaining, and the U.S. military will collect and process all incoming information. And it actually means placing another U.S. base on the expanses of the Old World.
Realizing the complexity of the situation with Iran, Turkey tried to calm down its neighbors. The Turkish authorities have explained that the radar would not be targeted to specific countries. But then, Pentagon intervened in this issue. U.S. military agency bluntly stated: the radar is located in Turkey in the context of Washington's concern about Iran's missile program. It is already known that the radar will operate in conjunction with the ships of the U.S. Navy.
Moscow and Tehran have reacted skeptically to Ankara's decision. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the deployment of ABM systems in Turkey only confirms the validity of the measures announced by President Dmitry Medvedev. "We believe that the creation of ABM system without consideration of the legitimate interests of other countries nay cause damage to international security and strategic stability in Europe and the world at large", the Foreign Ministry believes.
Some Iranian politicians believe that the American radar, located in Turkey, is useless for any Muslim country. "We trust our Turkish friends", Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said.
GTimes' correspondent contacted the leading Russian military experts and journalists and asked them to evaluate the emergence of the radar in Malatya.