NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
US to Turkey: Israel won't be privy to NATO info
Ankara newspaper says Washington promised Ankara non-NATO members, including Israel, would be denied access to intelligence gathered via future Eastern Europe missile defense system

Ankara aims to prevent non-NATO members from accessing any information Washington may derive from the use of the missile defense system it intends to deploy in Eastern Europe and Turkey.


According to a Monday report in the Ankara-based Zaman newspaper, Turkey asked the US to insure nations that are not members of North Atlantic Treaty Organization – including Israel – be barred for accessing such intelligence. The US reportedly agreed.


The newspaper said that Ankara was not opposed to Washington's wish to deploy a part of the new missile defense system on Turkish soil, but added that it had expressed some concerns over the possible infringement on its relations with Iran.


Turkey demands the project be used for defensive purposes only. Ankara also demands that Iran and all other neighboring nations, be excluded from any "threat list."


The United States has been trying to garner support for the new missile defense system, which is to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic, since the Bush Administration, encountering fierce opposition in Europe, mainly from Russia.


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, however, is in favor of the deployment.



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