Spain: Turkey withheld our plane carrying breathing apparatus we bought from China
Spain’s Foreign Ministry has claimed that a cargo plane carrying artificial respiration devices they bought from China has been withheld in Turkey. The plane, carrying 150 artificial respiration devices, reportedly landed at Ankara Esenboga Airport last Saturday for accommodation, and Turkish authorities have not given the plane permission to take off again.
Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez, said in a statement that Turkey has imposed restrictions on the export of medical devices on its territory, taking into account the needs of the health system. The plane is being held on bureaucratic grounds due to customs inspection.
The Spanish daily El Mundo also reported that 3 million euros had been paid for the breathing apparatus. The devices were purchased by The Local Government of Castilla-La Mancha, the third region most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in the country, the newspaper said.
Turkey announced on April 1 that it was sending masks, overalls, and disinfectants produced in factories and plantings under the Ministry of National Defense to Spain and Italy by military cargo plane.