Turkish media says Pentagon denies report of plans to develop base in Greece

Turkish media on Wednesday cited a US Department of Defense official as denying comments made last week by a senior Republican senator indicating that Washington is exploring the option of developing the US presence at a base on the Greek island of Crete as part of preparations to withdraw from Turkey's Incirlik Air Force base.

"We don't know what's going to happen to Incirlik," Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee for Europe, told the Washington Examiner last Friday, saying that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "disturbing" foreign policy has spurred efforts to plan for a relocation.

"We want to maintain our full presence and cooperation in Turkey. I don't think we want to make that strategic shift, but I think, from a defensive posture, I think we have to look at the reality of the situation that the path that...

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