German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier indirectly threatened Turkey with refusal of further participation of the Bundeswehr in the international mission to combat extremists’ terrorist organization Islamic State, liga.net reports.
This will happen if the authorities in Ankara continue to impede the access of the Bundestag deputies at the Incirlik military base, where German planes are also based.
"When the Bundestag will consider extending the mandate of the placement of German soldiers in Turkey, members of the relevant committees should be able to visit the base", Foreign Minister said.
Steinmeier also said that he will try to persuade the Turkish authorities to allow parliamentarians to visit the base. However, he rejected the demand of his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said that the deputies of the Bundestag will be allowed to visit Incirlik only if the German government distances itself from the resolution of Parliament, condemning the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
"I do not see a direct connection between these conditions and already said it to Turkish colleagues", said Steinmeier.