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    Germany Wants to Prevent 2018 NATO Summit From Being Held in Turkey

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    Germany, as well as a number of other NATO member states, want to make sure that the alliance's next summit in 2018 between heads of state and government will not be held in Turkey, German media reported on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intitally offered to host the NATO leaders in Istanbul in 2018 last year during the summit in Warsaw.

    Diplomats of almost 20 NATO member states, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada want to send a clear signal that they do not support the internal policy of the Turkish government, Die Welt media outlet reported.

    The countries want to hold the summit in Belgian capital of Brussels, which is ready to host the annual meeting. The final decision could be made in June.

    Over recent months EU-Turkish relations have deteriorated significantly. The European Union has expressed concerned over the outcome of the recent Turkish referendum, which granted the sitting Turkish president with more powers, and over Ankara's suggestion on reintroducing the death penalty. Earlier this month, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that if Turkey reintroduced capital punishment, it would mean the end of the country’s talks on the accession to the European Union.

    With regard to Germany's ties with Turkey, the situation is even more strained. This is part due to Germany's ban on Turkish pre-referendum rallies, as well as Ankara's refusal to allow lawmakers from Berlin to visit the Incirlik air base, where German troops are stationed.

    The Turkish Incirlik airbase stations hundreds of German personnel and several Tornado jets to carry out airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria alongside the United States and several other NATO member states.


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