News Brief 6/17/2010, Tammuz 5, 5770
Report: Turkey to Freeze Military Projects with Israel
A Turkish newspaper reported Thursday that Ankara was freezing all military and government cooperation with Israel. All agreements with Israel, except for those in the public sector, would be frozen, according to the report. The list, released by Turkey's Industrial and Military Agreements Council, includes 16 security projects between the two countries worth billions of dollars. Among the projects is an upgrade of Turkish plans and tanks, worth $757 million, and a missile project worth $1.5 billion. In addition, a missile deal potentially worth $5 billion is to be frozen. In addition, all military maneuvers with Israel are to be cancelled, and Turkey's airspace will be closed to Israeli planes, according to the report.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that Ankara was preparing further sanctions against Israel unless it issues and apology for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens in the IDF raid on the Gaza flotilla several weeks ago.