Turkey agrees to host NATO missile defense radars

September 2, 2011

Yesterday, we wrote about Chinese and Russian advances in their ballistic missile defense systems.  Today comes word that Turkey will host a NATO missile defense radar, ostensibly aimed at defending against potential attacks from Iran, but also capable of detecting launches from Russia.   Turkey is a crucial nation to watch as the coalitioning phase of the current long cycle unwinds.  Although the Turks have been long time allies of the United States and Western Europe through their NATO membership, they have also been flirting with Russia and China and continue to seek to make their own way.

UPDATE:  Predictably, the Russians are complaining.



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