In July, Germany will begin the relocation of its military airplanes and equipment from Turkish airbase Incirlik to airfield Azraq in northern Jordan, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday.
“It is difficult to name the exact dates … Until the end of June we are in the flight plan of the anti-IS coalition. After that we will move our refueling planes as soon as possible to Jordan. In two days they will be back in service, somewhere in the second half of July. The relocation of the Tornado [reconnaissance planes] and complicated evaluation equipment for aerial photo shootings is more difficult, it will last for two months from August through September. From October the Tornado planes will start to operate again in line with the plan,” Von der Leyen said in the interview with the Bild newspaper.
In early May, Turkey blocked a group of German lawmakers from visiting servicemen stationed at Incirlik. Mustafa Yeneroglu, a Turkish lawmaker representing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), told Sputnik that the decision to ban German lawmakers from entering the base was made due to the threat posed by politicians who supported the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Since the dispute between Berlin and Ankara has not been resolved, the German government, earlier this month, backed the relocation of German troops from the Incirlk base, which has been used by Germany to carry out reconnaissance flights as part of the international operation against IS.