December 20, 2019

Turkey’s Erdoğan uses airbase as bargaining chip against United States

Source: Ahval

Journalist: Paul Iddon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is again threatening to close the country’s strategically important Incirlik Airbase to the United States if Washington pushes ahead with sanctions against Ankara for its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles.

“If it is necessary for us to take such a step, of course, we have the authority… We will close down Incirlik if necessary,” Erdoğan said last week.

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...