Ankara is true to its allied duty as a member of NATO and is ready to participate in any military operation of the North Atlantic bloc against Russia.
This was stated during a press conference by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. In addition, he called on NATO to pay attention to the fact that, in addition to containing Russia on the eastern borders of Europe, it is also necessary to support Turkey in similar efforts, CNN TГјrk reports. The head of Turkish diplomacy noted that in order to maintain stability, it is necessary to strengthen the forces of the Alliance and the deployment of additional weapons in Turkey.
What weapons вЂ” did not specifically indicate, perhaps he was referring to nuclear. вЂњTurkey does not object to the strengthening of NATO in the Baltic countries and Poland because of Russia ... But what is provided to them should also be given to us. We are also an ally (NATO), вЂќ Cavusoglu emphasized.
The Western press notes that this news sounds especially in contrast to the statements of Russian politicians about the strengthening of ties between Ankara and Moscow in the military sphere. In addition, on the eve of Turkey, it showed a fundamentally different position on this issue, saying that Ankara would not support NATO plans to strengthen the Baltic countries and Poland to deter Russia if the alliance does not help Turkey in the fight against Kurdish armed forces in Syria.
In India, testing an Agni-III ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead failed. Test launch Agni-III with a fake combat unit was to be held at a training ground located on the island of Abdul Kalam, on Saturday, at about 19.15 local time. This was the third attempt to launch this rocket in the past two weeks. A source told the press that the rocket deviated from the given trajectory and was given a command to self-destruct. Rocket debris fell into the sea about 115 km from the launch site. According to the test data program, Agni-III was supposed to fly almost 2800 km. Previously, the cause of failure is called a manufacturing defect. It is also reported that the missile used in the test was randomly selected from the production batch. This test launch was combined with a combat training missile crew. The Agni-III BR has been supplied to the Indian Armed Forces since 2011 and is capable of carrying a warhead weighing up to 1.5 tons at a range of 3.5 thousand to 5 thousand km. It is equipped with modern onboard electronic anti-jamming equipment with homing functions.
Norway expresses concern about the deployment by the Russian military of new air defense systems near its borders. It is reported that the Tor-M2DT division of anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) took up combat duty in the Murmansk region. It is known that this SAM is based on the Vityaz two-tracked all-terrain vehicle and is intended for use in harsh Arctic conditions even at temperatures close to minus 50 degrees Celsius. Tor-M2DT is capable of shooting down airplanes, helicopters, cruise missiles and heavy drones in the near air defense zone. Norwegian media emphasize: the distance from the locations of Russian air defense systems to the Norwegian border is only about 10 km. Less than 100 km away is VardГё, the Norwegian city where the Globus reconnaissance radar system is located.