NATO Rewards Erdogan With New Jet Deployment in Turkey

© REUTERS / Murad SezerA U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft lands at Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, August 10, 2015
A U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft lands at Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, August 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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NATO is planning to provide more air defense weapons to Turkey, despite Ankara having used its warplanes to shoot down a Russian Su-24 bomber which was carrying out anti-terror operations against Daesh militants.

File Photo: Preparing to fire an S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile at the Ashuluk proving grounds during an Aerospace Defence Forces tactical drill - Sputnik International
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NATO is planning to provide more air defense support for Turkey, the German magazine Die Welt reported on Tuesday, citing high-ranking sources in NATO.

NATO foreign ministers are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels, where they will discuss the proposals, reported the newspaper. A decision will be made within the next few weeks.

'Air defense: NATO wants to support Turkey more strongly in Syria'

The alliance has plans to provide interceptor fighter aircraft fitted with AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) radar units. It also wants to strengthen Turkey's anti-aircraft missile systems, and improve Turkey's air traffic control and air defense systems.

Die Welt also reported that some members of NATO see the need for greater transparency and new security mechanisms regarding military maneuvers carried out by Turkey's air force.

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Turkey previously used air-to-air missiles to shoot down a Russian Su-24 bomber carrying out operations against jihadist militants in Syria, leading to the death of two Russian servicemen. The terrorist organization Daesh itself has no air force.

Turkish authorities carried out the attack following successful Russian airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria, including the destruction of oil transportation facilities which the terrorist group had used to sell contraband oil via Turkey. 

Following the attack, Russia deployed a S-400 surface-to-air defense missile system to its Hmeimim airbase in Syria. On Monday, Russian Su-34 fighter jets on airstrike missions in Syria were equipped with short and medium range air-to-air missiles for the first time, in order to defend themselves from future attacks.

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