23:48 GMT15 June 2021
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    German lawmakers will visit Bundeswehr servicemen at the Turkish Incirlik Airbase.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A group of German lawmakers will visit Bundeswehr servicemen deployed to the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey on October 5, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

    "Incirlik is a military base, where a number of states operate within the framework of agreements with Turkey. German servicemen are also present there. The German representatives will go there with no purpose to control the base. The visit is devoted to the German military serving there. Turkey has provided a permission for this visit within the framework of a bilateral treaty with Germany," Kurtulmus told reporters.

    The Incirlik Airbase hosts six German Tornado reconnaissance jets aircraft, as well as jets from the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar participating in the US-led coalition against the Daesh jihadist group outlawed in many countries including Russia.

    In June, Ankara restricted a delegation of German lawmakers' access to the airbase after the German parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the early 20th century massacre of ethnic Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

    On August 29, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said German officials would be able to visit the base provided the German government took steps to distance itself from the Bundestag resolution. On September 2, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Bundestag resolution was not legally binding.


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