'No' from Turkey to US shield, Afghanistan, Cyprus' NATO bid

Turkey is not involved in any way in rocket shields; Greek Cyprus shall not be included in NATO and Turkey will not fight in Kabul.

'No' from Turkey to US shield, Afghanistan, Cyprus' NATO bid
Turkish Minister of Defense, Vecdi Gönül, stated: "Turkey will not get involved in the US's rocket shields. A reinforcement troop may be sent to Afghanistan. However, Turkey will not be involved in the continuous operation. Turkey will not let Greek Cyprus become a member of NATO."

Sabah reported The ministry of defense, Vecdi Gönül, commented on NATO decisions: "our concept is defense of ourselves."

Minister of Defense, Vecdi Gönül, declared that Turkey will not get involved in the new rocket shield system.

Gönül stated that Turkey's basic defense goal is to be involved in NATO's defense system as well as the European defense system.

Gönül stated: "Accession to the EU is the common goal of both the government and the Turkish Armed Forces."

The USA has a rocket shield project. Referring to the question 'Is the only threat Iran or Northern Korea? Could Russia also be a threat?'

Gönül said: "Russia is not a threat for now. However, threats can come from everywhere. Wing countries need protection. This rocket shield is not a NATO project; it is a US project. Turkey has been a wing country of NATO for years; however now, Eastern European countries have also become wing countries of NATO."
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