Turkey suspends political and military ties with France

22nd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a raft of political and military sanctions on Thursday after French lawmakers approved a bill making it a crime to deny Armenian genocide.

Turkey will recall its ambassador from Paris and suspend mutual political visits as well as joint military projects, including joint exercises, Erdogan said.

"From now on we are revising our relations with France."

Most of the sanctions imposed on France, a NATO ally, will be in the military sphere.

Turkey will now decide on a case-by-case on every military demand made by EU member France to use Turkish airspace and military bases, Erdogan said, and will from now on reject any French demand for its military vessels to dock at Turkish ports.

Erdogan said Turkey would boycott a joint economic committee meeting in Paris in January and would not take part in twinning projects with France.

© 2011 AFP

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