NATO Patriots Solidarity & Deterrence

NATO Patriots Solidarity & Deterrence


Demonstrating Alliance solidarity the Dutch,
German and Turkish Defence Ministers have paid a visit to NATO Patriot batteries in
Turkey. At an airbase in the southern city of Adana
the Dutch Defence Minister thanked her troops for their efforts. She said the Netherlands
is pleased and proud to contribute to protecting the Turkish people and their territory.
“It’s important for the Netherlands to be part of this mission because an ally and
a country that we have close relationships with already for decades asked for assistance,
so we acted accordingly. To the Netherlands, NATO solidarity does matter and when we received
a request we said “Yes”, and parliament supported it; and the same goes for Germany
and the United States.” The Dutch Patriots in Adana have been operational
for a month. Since then there have been several missiles launched within Syria, with devastating
effects. None have been directed towards Turkey. If this were to happen, the Patriot system,
which is linked to NATO’s command centre in Ramstein, Germany, would intercept the
incoming missile automatically. “We’ve got parameters in there which recognise
the speed and everything of a ballistic missile, so it focuses on that ballistic missile and
if that’s approved and affirmed by Ramstein then we’re ready to engage.”
The next stop on the ministerial visit, the city of Kahramanmaras, where some 300 Bundeswehr
troops are stationed. The German Defence Minister emphasised the defensive nature of the mission
and that the Patriots are intended as a deterrent. But he also gave a clear warning to Damascus
not to turn its capabilities into action.

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