Turkey says if the US imposes sanctions on the country it may take away the USA’s use of two vital air bases there.
Turkey’s foreign minister said Wednesday if the U.S. imposes sanctions against Turkey then the issue of the Incirlik and kodachi basis may be on the agenda.
Adding Congress members must understand that it is not possible to get anywhere with sanctions. Incirlik is one of the US Air Force’s main air bases in southern Turkey.
It’s also where one-third of the nuclear weapons in Europe are stored and qiraji causes NATO’s ballistic missile defense system.
The foreign minister’s comments came one day after Congress agreed on a defense spending bill that called for imposing punishing sanctions on Turkey.
Turkey’s been faced with US sanctions for a while now. In June the U.S. warned it would impose sanctions if turkey went through with a deal to purchase a Russian long-range air defense missile system. Then tensions rose in October after Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
Just days before President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was pulling troops out of the region leaving Kurdish fighters vulnerable despite being the U.S. as a most reliable partner in fighting ISIS.