Germany to pull troops from Turkish base in spat with Ankara

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 9, 2017

She has said withdrawing German refueling aircraft would take two to three weeks, and the relocation of reconnaissance jets two to three months.

Turkey claimed that these generals had a direct hand in the failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Germany and other Western allies have voiced concern about what they fear is a drift towards authoritarian rule in Turkey.

Germany plans to hold immediate talks with the United States and US-led coalition partners fighting ISIS to ensure the move, if approved, goes as smoothly as possible.

Some 280 troops and several Tornado fighter jets, which are used for reconnaissance missions in Syria, are now stationed at Incirlik.

"But most probably, there will be some technical and logistic problems for Germany, and at the same time there will be some problems in Incirlik air base because they'll have to re-establish their regulations and their strategies again", Öztürk explained.

The decision announced by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen followed a lengthy impasse over the visits and ongoing friction between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Germany and Turkey.

Turkey has been seeking to improve relations with Russian Federation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has made a decision to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey's Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let members of parliament visit those stationed there.

Pointing to issues such as migrant flows and economic ties, she said that Germany has many "common interests" with Turkey and the two countries need to keep talking.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after meeting Gabriel in Ankara on Monday that relations with Germany had suffered recently, but that trade and investment between the two countries were still strong.

While the government says the redeployment doesn't require approval by Germany's parliament, lawmakers may vote on a resolution to signal broad political backing.

Ankara considers that retreat of German military installations will not have serious consequences for Turkey. "They can have it their own way", said Yildirim on Tuesday. Withdrawal of German soldiers from Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey would be of little outcome, he stated.

Turkey refused to allow lawmakers from Germany to make a routine visit to the strategic air base in the southern city of Adana last month. Germany gave political asylum to several Turkish military personnel and their family members, who were stationed at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation facilities in Germany and faced prosecution in their home country.

President Erdogan resembled the decision of German authorities to "Nazi methods of the past" inflaming further anti-Turkey rhetoric in Germany.

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