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Tensions between Germany-Turkey escalate

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Tensions between Berlin and Ankara has escalated in such a manner that NATO is being affected. Germany is considering  moving the 250 troops deployed at Turkey’s Incirlik base to fight against Islamic State jihadists to Jordan  because Turkish government has turned down a request by German  lawmakers to access the site.

These developments are coinciding  with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visit to Washington  for meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. and Turkey are at odds over critical issues, including Trump administration’s announcement  of directly arming  Kurdish rebels in Syria for the fight against ISIS.

Relations between NATO allies Germany and Turkey have deteriorated sharply  after a series of diplomatic tussles.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Berlin will consider removing its soldiers from Turkey after Ankara refused to grant Germany’s parliamentarians permission  to visit  staff serving Turkish airbase.Denying the visit to German lawmakers is being seen as a revolt in NATO.

The tensions are high between the U.S. and Turkey -Nato allies  while U.S. has decided to back Kurdish group known as the YPG which Turkey considers   a terror organisation because it has ties with the PKK, a Kurdish revolutionary group in Turkey .

Trump termed  a meeting with the Turkish leader as “a historic turn of tide” in relations between the NATO allies  despite recent tensions over the U.S.plan to arm Kurdhish rebels in Syria and the refugee crisis spawned by the Syrian civil war..
Relations between Turkey  and Germany have taken a sharp downturn in recent months since Ankara has chosen to adopt an independent stance in NATO, as well as with regard to the European Union and the United States.

arti bali

By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

 

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