Turkey denies claims of restricting Israeli flights
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
AFP file photoTurkish foreign ministry has denied claims that Turkey imposed tighter regulations on Israeli cargo flights entering its airspace today.
"The Haaretz story does not reflect the truth. Under our national legislation, the diplomatic representation of the country in question should ask in advance for a diplomatic permission for civilian planes carrying dangerous cargo," a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said.
"Contrary to Haaretz's claims, this is not a new rule designed specially for Israel and has been applied to all countries for a long time. The rule has been repeatedly cited in international publications [Aeronautical Information Publication of Turkey] and in repeated announcements that our ministry has made to foreign diplomatic missions in Ankara," the official said.