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Ankara again blocks visit of German diplomats to NATO base in Turkey
14:34, 16 July 2017
Ankara again blocks visit of German diplomats to NATO base in Turkey

The representative of the Bundestag insists that members of the German parliament have the right to visit military at their service, regardless of existing relations between Ankara and Berlin

14:34, 16 July 2017

Reuters

Ankara is blocking the planned visit of German parliamentarians to the military of Bundeswehr stationed at NATO base in Konya, Turkey. This was reported on Friday by the chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Defense, Wolfgang Helmich, reports Deutsche Welle. The visit of German deputies was scheduled for Monday, July 17.

"The deputies appealed to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a request to postpone the planned trip with the hope that the situation will not reach a total ban on the visit. Ankara's appeal was formulated in the form of a "request" referring to the tense Turkish-German relations, "the report said.

Helmich at the same time insists that the members of the Bundestag have the right to visit the military at the service, regardless of existing relations between Ankara and Berlin.

Earlier it was reported that Germany began withdrawing its troops from the Turkish air base Incirlik, where they supported international operations against the Islamic state. The reason for the redeployment of the troops of Germany from the Turkish air base is the fact that Ankara does not grant German deputies unlimited admission to the air base. This was a response to the granting of asylum to Turkish soldiers in Germany.

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