5/17 Germany’s Gabriel warns Turkey against ‘blackmail’ over Incirlik base

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel sharply criticized Turkey’s decision to block a parliament delegation from visiting Bundeswehr soldiers stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik base in an interview on Wednesday. If “the German parliament is to be blackmailed, then the limit of tolerance has been reached,” Gabriel told German newspaper the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.” On Monday, Turkish authorities blocked a delegation of German lawmakers from accessing the southern Turkish air base. The parliamentarians were attempting to visit the 250 Bundeswehr soldiers stationed there as part of the US-led coalition fighting the militant “Islamic State” (IS) group. German news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported that the Defense Ministry was already scoping alternatives to the Incirlik base in Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus.

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