Turkish and Russian officials say Russian warplanes will not be sharing a critical hub for air operations in the Middle East with the U.S. Air Force, according to Air Force Times. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim raised the possibility of Russian aircraft using Incirlik air base during a press conference. The U.S. Defense Department and the White House have declined to comment on the reports.
“There never was any substantive discussion about Russian AF using the base,” Melnik said in a statement to Air Force Times Wednesday. “An assessment by Russian military specialists was made to see if, in theory, such scenario had potential. They have come to a conclusion that it didn’t. The base is geographically inconvenient for Russian operations, and the maintenance facilities are NATO-oriented, hence incompatible with Russian-made aircraft.”
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