US missile-defense plan faces resistance in Ankara, Turkey

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A U.S. plan to put a radar base in Turkey is encountering resistance from the Ankara government, the Financial Times reported, citing unidentified Turkish diplomats and an official in the country’s ruling party.

The radar plan, aimed at detecting Iranian missiles, would stand a better chance of being accepted if it were presented as a NATO initiative rather than a purely U.S. proposal, diplomats said, according to the newspaper.

“While the United States has identified Turkey as the best land-based site to provide coverage of Iranian short- and medium-range missiles, Ankara is worried about appearing to sign up to a bilateral pact with Washington against Tehran,” the Financial Times wrote.

Full story: US missile-defense plan faces resistance in Ankara – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review