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Expert: Turkey should reconsider presence of some foreign air forces in Incirlik

5 June 2017 15:45 (UTC+04:00)
Expert: Turkey should reconsider presence of some foreign air forces in Incirlik

By Trend

Turkey should reconsider the presence of several states’ air forces at the Incirlik Air Base, Naciye Selin Senocak, chair holder at UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy Governance and Education, Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS), told Trend June 5.

According to the expert, Turkey should do so because such countries as the United States, and, particularly, Germany, are arming the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which are considered as terrorist organizations by Ankara.

“If NATO’s aim is the fight against terrorist organizations, then by doing so the US and Germany support the terrorists of PKK, PYD/YPG, as well as the supporters of Fethullah Gulen,” she noted.

Senocak says it is not a secret why the Al-Qaeda and the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist groups were created, and if NATO equips other militants to destroy terrorists of the mentioned groups, then this is a clear evidence of the North Atlantic Alliance’s weakness. The expert doesn’t exclude that the US and Germany are playing an active role in implementation of the so-called New Middle East project.

Despite the fact that Germany is looking for an alternative to the Incirlik Air Base in Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus, the territory of Turkey is still important for Germany, she added.

“The Incirlik Air Base is still important for Germany, because it is possible to reliably control the neighboring regions only via this base,” said Senocak.

Meanwhile, the expert doesn’t exclude that during the June 5 visit of German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to Turkey, the German Air Forces’ presence in Incirlik will be discussed.

“It is difficult to expect that during the talks the parties will be able to resolve serious diplomatic contradictions, since Germany has turned from Turkey’s ally into a country that plays an important role in destabilizing the situation in Turkey,” claimed Senocak.

According to her, a diplomatic crisis has been observed between Berlin and Ankara after the last year’s attempted military coup in Turkey.

“Germany has not concealed its stance regarding such terrorist groups as the PKK and PYD/YPG and has provided them with both political and military support for years,” said Senocak, adding that this has not been concealed by the German media either.

“Meanwhile, Germany hides a number of accomplices of the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who are complicit in the attempted military coup in Turkey,” added the expert.


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