Turkey bans use of its air bases by US forces
April 26, 2021 by HispanTV
Turkey announces that it has prohibited the US Air Force from using its military bases and has given the North American country 15 days to leave its territory.
US President Joe Biden announced on Saturday that his country classifies as “genocide”, the massacre of Armenians at the hands of the forces of the Ottoman Empire, present-day Turkey, during the First World War; leading to harsh condemnations from the Turkish Government.
Turkey refuses to recognize the massacre of Armenians in 1915 as “genocide”
In this regard, the president of the Patriotic Party of Turkey, Dogu Perinçek, announced on Sunday that his country decided to stop military cooperation with Washington, announcing the expulsion of the US Army from its territory and the prohibition of the use of its air bases by the Air Force by the United States, including within the framework of the cooperation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), according to the Russian portal Avia.Pro.
According to Perinçek, Washington will be obliged to leave the Turkish military installations within 15 days, regardless of whether the US Department of Defense (the Pentagon) is prepared for it or not.
The senior official explained that the cooperation between the United States and Turkey in the military field can be considered finished. “The Turkish Armed Forces must immediately establish full control over the Incirlik air base [in southern Turkey] and return home the US troops deployed there within 15 days,” he remarked.
The Turkish government also summoned the US ambassador to Ankara (capital of Turkey), David Satterfield, on Sunday and clarified that he considers the US president’s words “unacceptable”.
Turkey ready to give a firm response to US threats
Ankara considers that Biden’s statement is “invalid in terms of international law” and therefore rejects it outright, the Turkish authorities told the US diplomat.