Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at a news conference in Ankara, Turkey on February 17, 2012
Turkey and NATO have denied reports that the intelligence obtained by a radar system in eastern Turkey has been shared with Israel, Press TV reports.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a joint news conference in Ankara on Friday stressed that they will not allow such data to be shared with countries that are not NATO member states.
“We do stress that data within this missile defense system are not shared with a third country. Data are shared within our alliance, among allies, it is a defensive system to protect the populations of NATO allies,” Rasmussen stated.
Davutoglu, for his part, said that “NATO facilities and capabilities are only used by NATO member states.”
The Turkish foreign minister also dismissed reports by Turkish media that Israel had recently carried out a missile test partly by using the intelligence from the Malatya radar base.
Davutoglu stated that such reports are completely “groundless”.
Turkey announced its decision to host the US-made X-Band radar system, part of a NATO missile system, in the eastern province of Malatya last year.
A military installation in the village of Kurecik has been chosen as the radar site, which is located 700 kilometers from the Iranian border.
Turkish citizens have held many demonstrations in Kurecik to protest against the deployment of the NATO radar base.