Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

New Russian Ambassador to Turkey Visits Ankara For Special Parliamentary Session

New Russian Ambassador to Turkey Visits Ankara For Special Parliamentary Session

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Germany has refused to extradite asylum seekers Turkey says were involved in a coup attempt past year, Berlin is demanding the release of a Turkish-German journalist, and Ankara has refused to let German lawmakers visit soldiers at two air bases.

"If this was the case., we would reject this entirely", Merkel said.

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"We regret Turkey's request to delay the journey of a parliamentary delegation", a German foreign ministry official said on Friday.

Some 20-30 German troops have remained at Konya as part of an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACs) mission, part of the coalition's campaign against IS in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. "We are in intensive talks with all parties, including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to set a new date as soon as possible".

A repeat of Incirlik stand-off? Turkey sparked a months-long row after it twice blocked German lawmakers from visiting the 250 Bundeswehr troops that were stationed at the southern Turkish base at Incirlik.

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"The government, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel, must now take the necessary steps to ensure lawmakers can soon visit the soldiers in Konya", said Social Democrats defense spokesperson, Rainer Arnold.

The visit by lawmakers to the base in Konya was planned for Monday.

The two countries are at odds over a host of issues, including Berlin's refusal to extradite suspects with links to PKK and FETO and also not allowing governing AK Party lawmakers including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turkish expats in Germany since the April 16 Turkish referendum.

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"This whole issue is unfortunate, very unfortunate", Merkel told public broadcaster ARD, adding that more talks were needed to find a solution, also with the help of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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