Turkey to Host Radar in Support of NATO Missile Defense

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 2, 2011

At the NATO Summit in Lisbon in November 2010, Allies agreed to develop a missile defense capability for the full coverage and protection of all NATO European populations, territory, and forces against the growing threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles.

The United States welcomes Turkey’s decision to host a missile defense radar in support of NATO’s common missile defense efforts and appreciates this significant Turkish contribution to a vital NATO mission. We are proud to work with Turkey on the deployment of this important asset.

The United States is committed to working with its Allies and partners to defend against the threat of ballistic missiles.

PRN: 2011/1410