Turkey will minimize economic, military ties to Israel

June 4, 2010 14:05

ANKARA — Turkey's deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc said on Friday economic and military cooperation with Israel would be reduced to a minimum in the coming period, as a reaction to the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, which resulted in eight Turkish fatalities.

Ties to Israel would not be cut entirely, as "Turkey cannot ignore a country it recognizes," he said, but all ties, including defense contracts, would be reconsidered.

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