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Netherlands, Germany may send missiles to Turkey

Published on Nov 19, 2012 6:14 AM

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - The Netherlands and Germany may send Patriot missiles to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) ally Turkey to help defend the country's border with Syria, Dutch news agency ANP reported on Sunday, citing the Dutch defence minister.

Turkey said earlier this week it had intensified talks with Nato allies on how to shore up security on its 900km frontier with Syria after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its territory.

"Nato does not exist for nothing," ANP quoted Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert as saying.

A Dutch Defence Ministry spokesman said: "There is no request but the Netherlands and Germany are the only countries in Europe with Patriots." The Dutch minister spoke to her German counterpart last week about a possible deployment, ANP said.

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