Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
3rd March, 2016
The Turkish authorities have not allowed a helicopter with the Minister of Defence of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, to land at the airport of the city of Mytilene on the Greek Island of Lesbos. According to TV channel Skai, Erdogan’s government explained the decision by saying that it is a demilitarized zone, and therefore flying a military helicopter is impossible.
Frau von der Leyen was planning on visiting the island on March 6th to personally assess the situation of the refugees, and then, via a NATO helicopter, fly to the German ship “Bonn” in the waters of the Aegean sea. Now the head of the German Defense will have to adjust her plans.
By the way, this is not the first time when the notorious Turkey has protected its airspace, or even objected to leading figures of the world using its airspace. Earlier, a private plane was denied flight over the territory of the Republic of Turkey with the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, who was travelling to Iran.