(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Tensions and confrontation are growing between Turkey,
NATO, the United States and Syria. Ankara has asked its NATO allies to deploy
Patriot missiles on its territory to defend Turkey from Syrian missiles. At the
same time, the Obama administration warned of "consequences" if Damascus used chemical
foreign ministers are meeting today in Brussels to decide on the deployment of
the Patriot missiles. Some ministers said that the operation will receive the
green light on condition that the missile batteries are used for defensive, not
offensive purposes. A Russian representative will be present at the NATO
meeting. Moscow is opposed to the missiles.
request coincides with Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey where
he tried to dissuade Turkish leaders from going ahead with the deployment. "As
they say, if a gun is hung on the wall at the start of a play, then at the end
of the play it will definitely fire," the Russian leader said.
Turkish and Israeli intelligence sources are reporting that Syria is getting
ready to use weapons with chemical warheads. Syria is known to have stockpiled
deadly chemicals, including the deadly nerve agent sarin, but has always
insisted that it would never use them.
a statement, US President Barack Obama warned Damascus that it would face
"consequences" if it made "the tragic mistake of using these weapons".
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a similar statement during a visit
to Prague. In response, a Syrian official insisted that his government would
"never, under any circumstances" use such weapons, "if such
week, the daily Haaretz reported that
Netanyahu had asked Jordan several times for help attack Syrian chemical weapon
facilities, without success.
the United Nations and the European Union are evacuating all non-essential
personnel from their offices in Damascus, cutting back their work because of security