- May 7, 2010
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- Political Leaning
Ankara's condition for its endorsement of a Europe-wide missile defence shield, to be agreed by Nato leaders in Lisbon on 19 November, is for Iran not to be specifically mentioned as a threat.
"We do not see any threat from any of our neighbouring countries, whether it is Iran, Russia, Syria or others," Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu said during the weekend as he was visiting China.
"I state quite clearly that Turkey will not be a frontal or flanking country [of the Nato missile shield] and we do not want to see again a zone of the Cold War and its psychology in our region," he added, noting that any Nato shield should be developed along these principles.
Source: EU Observer
I am curious what Turkey thinks this is a defense from if not countries like Iran, Russia, or Syria. Perhaps it does not perceive a threat from these countries, but if other members do then it is part of Turkey's obligation as a member of NATO to see them as potentially posing a threat as well.