The Turkish authorities did not allow the group of German MPs to visit Incirlik air base, where the military service of the Bundeswehr. On Monday, may 15, reports Deutsche Welle.
One of the reasons that failed the visit of the parliamentarians was the fact that Germany has provided sanctuaries to several Turkish officers, suspected of involvement in the coup attempt.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, commenting on the actions of Ankara, said that Berlin would consider the withdrawal of its troops from Turkey, writes The Independent. According to her, Germany will continue the dialogue with the authorities of the Republic, but at the same time will explore possible alternatives, including the deployment of military in Jordan.
Today, Incirlik air base located 260 soldiers of the Bundeswehr. They participate in the operations of the international coalition against the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), which takes place on the territory of Syria.
This is not the first time Turkey refuses to let the object of German parliamentarians. A similar situation occurred last summer. Officially, the failure wasn’t motivated. However, in September 2016 the visit of German deputies to the airbase was agreed upon.
A sharp cooling of relations between Ankara and Berlin occurred after June 2, 2016, the Bundestag almost unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915.