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Russia criticizes Turkey’s request for NATO missiles on Syrian border

SPOILER: The article is from Fox. Be careful.


Published November 22, 2012

BRUSSELS – Moscow is criticizing Turkey’s request to NATO for missiles to defend against Syria’s civil war spilling over the border, as Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of “muscle flexing.”

“The militarization of the Syrian-Turkish border is an alarming signal,” spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. “We have different advice for our Turkish colleagues — use their influence with the Syrian opposition to accelerate the start of a political dialogue.”

The Russian reaction could further complicate international efforts to deal with the increasingly volatile conflict.

Even if NATO quickly approves Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot missiles on its border with Syria, winning parliamentary approval, selecting sites for the air defense batteries and transporting them there means they probably wouldn’t be operational for weeks.

Syria’s civil war has left Turkey the target of artillery and mortar fire. Syria is believed to have several hundred ballistic surface-to-surface missiles in its arsenal capable of carrying chemical warheads.

Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. have the advanced PAC-3 model Patriots that Turkey wants for intercepting ballistic missiles, but if they come from the two European countries, their parliaments may have to vote on that first.

NATO said Wednesday it will consider Turkey’s request “without delay,” and next week a NATO team will visit the alliance member for a site survey to consider a deployment. Officials say the Patriots would probably be sent by sea.

With events in Syria changing rapidly, and deaths already having occurred on the Turkish side of the border, the wait may leave NATO-member Turkey anxious about its vulnerability to air raids or even chemical attack from across the border.

President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime is believed to have one of the largest chemical weapons stockpiles in the world. Fears have risen that a cornered Assad might use them or that they could fall into the hands of extremists, including al-Qaida-inspired militants among the rebels.

Due to the complexity and size of the Patriot batteries, their radars, command-and-control centers, communications and support facilities, they cannot be sent quickly by air to Turkey, officials said.

“These are not drop-and-go systems,” said an official who could not be identified in line with standing NATO regulations.

Additional time will be needed to install the systems, realign their radars and link them into Turkey’s air defense network before the Patriots can be considered fully operational, the official said.

Speaking to reporters in Pakistan on Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the deployment was for defensive purposes only.

“This is a measure being taken against certain possible attacks from (the Syrian) side,” Erdogan said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

During the Iraq wars in 1999 and 2003, when the Netherlands dispatched Patriot batteries to protect Turkey’s border with that nation, the systems were transported by ship and then by road. They took between six weeks and two months to become operational.

No missiles were fired during those conflicts and the batteries were withdrawn soon after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Unlike Hussein’s Iraq, Syria has never used chemical weapons. Analysts say the bigger threat is that the weapons fall into the wrong hands.

Such worries over the fate of advanced weaponry were highlighted last month, when a shadowy militant group known as Jabhat al-Nusra joined Syrian rebels in seizing a government missile defense base.

Dark blue: Members of NATO and the EU Blue: Members of NATO, but not of the EU Light blue: Members of EU, but not of NATO Dark red: Russia (Wiki)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Nigel Farage – This Is My Single Greatest Fear

“These aren’t just people walking down the road carrying banners. We’re talking here about tear gas, rubber bullets, violence, lots of injuries. This is very, very nasty stuff, and I see absolutely no prospect if it ending in the short-term.”


Today Nigel Farage spoke with King World News about his single greatest fear. Farage, MEP (Member European Parliament), also spoke with King World News about the ongoing chaos which is taking place in Europe. But first, here is what Farage had to say about the increasing unrest in the eurozone: “Strikes, strikes, strikes. Lots and lots of strikes and demonstrations. Big strikes today, all across the Mediterranean, but they are now beginning to permeate northwards. In fact, there has been a very major strike in Belgium today.”

Nigel Paul Farage is a British politician and is the Leader of the UK Independence Party, a position he also held from September 2006 to November 2009. He is a Member of the European Parliament for South East England and co-chairs the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group. (click photo to visit his website)

“I was actually due to go to the European Parliament today but couldn’t get there. No planes, no trains. Ostensibly the strikes are about protests to government austerity. Strikes are now becoming an almost everyday feature of life in Europe.

If people haven’t got hope, through their own directly elected representatives, then all they can do is take to the streets in increasing numbers, and these aren’t peaceful strikes….

“These aren’t just people walking down the road carrying banners. We’re talking here about tear gas, rubber bullets, violence, lots of injuries. This is very, very nasty stuff, and I see absolutely no prospect if it ending in the short-term.

It doesn’t matter how many people are starving or homeless. That doesn’t matter. The ‘Great European Project’ must continue. That’s why I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that I don’t just disagree with the architects of this European project, I believe them to be fundamentally bad and dangerous people.

In Greece, we talked before when it went through 50% youth unemployment. The last figures I saw were (a shocking) 57%. So we are now pushing up towards 60% (youth unemployment). What we are looking at is something, I’m afraid, that is very, very akin to the Weimar Republic and that breakdown which happened in Germany in the early 1930s that led to Hitler.

I’m not saying Hitler is coming back to haunt Europe, but what I am saying is, isn’t it truly astonishing that we have Nazism on the rise in Southern Europe?”

Farage also added: “The feedback I get from across Europe, and I’m talking Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, etc., the feedback is astonishing. I did a speech about Spain a few months ago, pointing out just the hopelessness of their position inside the eurozone and why they should leave.

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2013 EU budget talks collapse over unpaid spending overruns from 2012

Talks on the 2013 European Union budget have collapsed due to the European Parliament’s refusal to start negotiations until member states pay nine billion euros to cover a funding shortfall from 2012.

A second round of talks to reach an agreement on the 2013 EU budget had been scheduled for Tuesday night, but it was cancelled, Reuters reported.

The European Parliament

“[European Parliament] negotiators will not attend the meeting… scheduled for tonight, because there is no agreement among the member states about a supplementary budget for the current year,” European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement issued on Tuesday night.

The European Parliament had also refused to discuss the 2013 budget in the first round of talks on Friday, when both sides failed to reach an agreement on the nine-billion-euro “emergency funding” to cover budgets for infrastructure, research, and education projects.

The European Parliament said on Friday that the European Commission would revise its 2013 budget proposal if no agreement on the budget was reached by the end of this month.

Most governments are seeking a maximum increase of 2.8 percent in the 2013 budget, but the European Parliament and the European Commission are demanding a 6.8 percent rise compared with this year’s 129.1 billion euros.