Turkey Made No Formal Request for NATO Missiles, Turkish Fm Says
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday said his country had so far made no formal request from NATO for the deployment of Patriot missile batteries in Turkey.

"When necessary, steps can be taken within the alliance solidarity for the security of a member country or NATO territory. But at this stage, there is no formal demand that we passed on but talks are underway as part of contingency planning," Davutoglu told reporters in a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Davutoglu said such contingency planning had been underway for months, recalling that NATO had expressed strong solidarity with Turkey after five Turkish nationals were killed when stray Syrian artillery shells landed in Turkey's Akcakale town last month.

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Foreign Ministers coming up to the stage
SOUNTBITE: (in Turkish) Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:
"When necessary, steps can be taken within the alliance solidarity for the security of a member country or NATO territory. But at this stage, there is no formal demand that we passed on but talks are underway as part of contingency planning."

"Such contingency planning had been underway for months. NATO had expressed strong solidarity with Turkey after five Turkish nationals were killed."
Foreign Ministers leaving hall

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