Speaking at a joint press conference with his Kosovar counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in the Ankara on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded strongly to Iranian officialsâ€™ repeated condemnations of NATOâ€™s planned deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey.
Stating that Iran should first of all warn Syria to put an end to the bloodshed of its own people, Davutoglu said, â€œThe Patriot system is a defensive system and it does not operate as long as there is no attack against the country where it is deployed.â€
Davutoglu also said that similar explanations about the Patriot systemâ€™s nature had been repeatedly made both by himself and by NATO officials, adding, â€œWe expect Iran not to deliver statements on the arrival of this defensive system, but to give a very clear and sharp message to the Syrian regime. It should use of its weight to help end the oppression in Syria.â€
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