Turkey Bars German Lawmakers From Visiting NATO's Incirlik Airbase

At the end of May, the first direct confrontation between Germany and Turkey over the future use of Incirlik airbase emerged, when Turkey's foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees "positive steps" from Berlin. "We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara. "Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now ... If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider."

That particular refusal to let lawmakers visit German soldiers at Incirlik air base ultimately led to Berlin begin relocating its troops stationed in Turkey to Jordan.  As Reuters reported last Sunday, Germany began to pull its troops out of Incirlik, following an approval by the German parliament last month, marking the latest step in one of many bilateral disputes, ranging from a post-coup clampdown by Ankara to Turkish political campaigning in Germany.

German tornado jets were due to keep operating out of Incirlik at least until the end of July as part of a mission providing reconnaissance aircraft to support U.S.-led coalition operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the meantime the necessary material was to be moved to a new air base in Jordan, where the planes are scheduled to be deployed by October.


A German air tanker refueller left Incirlik for the Jordan base on Sunday, the ministry spokesman told Reuters.

Seemingly displeased by the relocation, which Ankara thought would be mostly a bluff and Germany would not follow through, on Friday Turkey went full circle and once again refused German lawmakers permission to visit the soldiers serving at Incirlik, a party defence spokesman said quoted by Reuters, marking a new escalation in tensions between the two NATO allies.

"The government, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel, must now take the necessary steps to ensure lawmakers can soon visit the soldiers in Konya," said Rainer Arnold, defence spokesperson for the Social Democrats, the junior coalition party in the government.

It is unclear just what leverage Merkel will use in its increasingly bitter conflict with Erdogan, who as a reminder, still is the gatekeeper of European stability, as he is still withholding some 2 million mostly Syrian refugees who are just waiting for Turkey to reopen the proverbial door and Erdogan's permission to resume the trek toward Europe using the now defunct Balkan route. This is known all too well by Merkel and Brussels.

Furthermore, in an ominous twist, Germany is said to have asked for NATO support in rescheduling the trip. As a reminder, both nations are NATO members.

Meanwhile, as reported overnight, Turkey further antagonized both Germany and NATO - as well as the US - when as Bloomberg reported on Thursday, Turkey agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system. The proposed deal which was first reported here back in November 2016, has been finalized and the preliminary agreement sees Turkey receiving two S-400 missile batteries from Russia within the next year, then producing another two inside Turkey.

Most concerning for NATO, however is that the systems delivered to Turkey would not have a friend-or-foe identification system, which means they could be deployed against any threat without restriction. As we discussed last night, news of the deal are likely to strain relations between Turkey and NATO to the point of breaking, if not beyond.

Disagreements between Turkey, which has the second-largest army by personnel numbers in NATO, and the U.S., the bloc’s biggest military, have also impacted business. No U.S. companies bid for a Turkish attack helicopter contract in 2006 after Turkey insisted on full access to specific software codes, which the U.S. refused to share, considering it a security risk. Turkey partnered with Italy instead in a $3 billion project to co-produce 50 attack helicopters for its army.

And now, very symbolically, it has picked the sworn enemy of NATO: Russia.


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Looney bamawatson Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:58 Permalink

  … Turkey receiving two S-400 missile batteries from Russia Someone, please call 911. The Siamese Sextuplets-neocons (John, Lindsey, Marco, Chuck, Nancy, Diane) are about to have a simultaneous heart attack.  ;-) Looney

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hedgeless_horseman Looney Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:01 Permalink


And now, very symbolically, it has picked the sworn enemy of NATO: Russia.

History does rhyme...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Turkish_War

The Great Turkish War (German: Der Große Türkenkrieg) or the War of the Holy League (Turkish: Kutsal ?ttifak Sava?lar?) was a series of conflicts between the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League consisting of the Habsburg Empire, Poland, Venice and Russia. Intensive fighting began in 1683 and ended with the signing of the Treaty of Karlowitz in 1699. The war was a defeat for the Ottoman Empire, which for the first time lost large amounts of territory. It lost lands in Hungary and Poland, as well as part of the western Balkans. The war was also significant in that it marked the first time Russia was involved in a western European alliance.

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francis scott … BetaGap Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:32 Permalink

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Turkey is the Keystone of NATO and US's offensive to destabiliszethe Middle East and control all the crude oil there.  It controls the Bosphorus.  And much of the activity in the Black Sea.It has the second largest army in NATO and, perforce, the largest armyin Europe.  It defends and controls Turkish air space, which is butt up to  Russian air space and thereby forces all north south air traffic into and out of Europe to fly in from the west or over the Mediterrean and North Africa.   It should be the Keystone of NATO's aggression into Oilistan.          BUT IT ISN'T EVEN ON NATO'S SIDE ANYMORE. 

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tbd108 hedgeless_horseman Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:08 Permalink

That's what comes of failed coup d'etat. And for those of you who weren't following the situation ... Turkey's economy was following Ukraine down the tube as a result of broken ties with Russia so they didn't want to become another failed state and began talking to Russia again (following the shootdown of the Russian jet) ... the deep state didn't like that so they tried to remove him ... but failed. Everything would have blown up immediately if they (NATO, Turkey, and all the boys at Langley) didn't have such a good thing going with narcotics coming out of Afghanistan. The game goes on.

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Jubal Early (not verified) Squid Viscous Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:47 Permalink

If it was just about the holohoax museums it wouldn't be so bad.  But Nato is really just the Rothschilds army, and Germany is the Rothschilds playground.  This is what happens when you lose 2 world wars in a row against the tribe.What I find interesting is that by thowing Germany, and Zato, out of the Turkey, Erdogan is in effect once again expelling the jews.  This could end badly for Turkey, even Putin hasn't gone this far yet.  I would also think that after the 200th time, the equivalent of 200 divorces, that these yids would finally figure out that maybe THEY are the problem.

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zedwood Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:05 Permalink

It's all about pipelines and chokepoints.  The US took over control of Ukraine to get a chokepoint on the gas coming out of Russia to Europe.  Russia countered by building a new route through Turkey, and Turkey is busy with their own pipeline as well.  Syria aligned with Russia on the pipeline side and just might have survived the full frontal assault.So now the goal of keeping Germany and Russia from uniting into a power block is (and has been for decades- WWI and WWII) still one of the Grand Chess Board strategies.  Turkey seems to be playing both sides in this game, hoping to get favors along the way without getting burned.  Not sure what this ban is all about, but there is a lot of shady stuff moving in an out of Incirlik that would be embarassing if the news ever got out and published.

gregga777 zedwood Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:17 Permalink

Russia (The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation) and Germany (in all of its various iterations) have, during most of the post-Napoleonic era, traditionally been adversaries.  That is probably why there were at each other's throats during WW1, WW2, the Cold War and perhaps today.  There does not seem to be much common ground between them to unite into a power bloc. 

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francis scott … zedwood Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:39 Permalink

Do you have any idea how much more important the Russian navalbase at Sevastopol is to the Kremlin than selling gas to Europe is? The Pentagon, CIA, and DoS thought that grabbing Kiev would settleonce and for all Russia's Black Sea's Fleet issue. But Putin was waiting for the the coup to grab Crimea.  The US is toomuch in love with itself.  Russia not yet.

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gregga777 Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:13 Permalink

The S-400 (obviously) does not include the US/NATO Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system.  Presumably the Russians, so as to not shoot down their own aircraft, do have their own version of an IFF system.  I can just see it now: Turkey shoots down their aircraft because the S-400 lacks the US/NATO IFF system required to differentiate between their own Western designed (US/NATO) aircraft and "enemy" (i.e., Russki) aircraft.  F***ing brilliant!  Then Russia can sell them a whole new generation of fighter/bomber aircraft presumably compatible with a Russian IFF system implemented in the S-400.  That Putin is one smart salesman.  

ogretown Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

Although I am no fan of Terdogan, but he has the whip hand.  Merkel holds no cards. The Terd on the other hand can open the gates and allow 2 million Muslim vermin to invade Europe.  But there is no rush.  The Terd knows he has Merkel by her short hairs so he wants the German people to vote for her again. He can play the invasion card after she has won the election.  The Terd can (and should) move closer to Russia. The Terd can (and should) seize the NATO base and all that goes with it. Although there is no pretext for seizing the base, we now live in a world where conjuring up scenario's happens on a daily basis, so I am sure the despot can come up with an excuse good enough to impress the Muslim world.  And I would love to see the Terd trash talk the tottering Saudi Empire, as that would strike fear all across the western world. Nope, like I said - Terdogan is sitting very pretty these days, whilst the west is mired in its self spun web of deceit and greed. 

francis scott … Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

"Most concerning for NATO, however is that the systems delivered to Turkey would not have a friend-or-foe identification system" SAYS WHO?  DUNFORD OR SHOYGU? With all the radar and air defense systems Russia (and now Turkey) has in Syria and the German surveilance air craft now farther away in Jordan, imagine if Assad should suddenly declare a no-fly zone over the country he was elected to preside over.  Of course, Russia will back him.  Lots of discussion would ensue in the UNSC, no? Who is going to send aircraft into a no-fly zone besides the US and Israel to test the efficiency of the Russian S-400 and Pantsir S-1? Just one of many possibilities.  Stay tuned.