Turkey blocks 200,000 face masks destined to Italy

Hundreds of thousands of face masks intended for Italy to help with the coronavirus emergency have been stuck since 3 March at Ankara airport. Turkey‘s government has decided that only the Minister of Health can allow the export of face masks to protect from coronavirus and this authorisation has not arrived yet, Corriere della Sera reports.

The Italian embassy in Ankara is working to solve the problem. Italian PM Giuseppe Conte also called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to unlock the situation but without any results. The face masks, which Italian company Comitec paid 670,000 euros to Turkish company Ege Mask, were aimed at the hospitals in Pesaro and Rimini, two cities severely hit by the virus. Comitec can not ask for a refund because the masks have been delivered but they are stuck in the customs zone of Ankara’s airport following the order of the Turkish authorities.

While blocking 200,000 masks for Italy, Turkey said it can produce around 50 million of face masks in seven days thanks to 30 companies, and could provide almost the entire Italian population with a face mask, the General manager of the Turkish producer Ege Mask said.

Therefore, producing the masks Turkey needs is not a problem for Ankara but its latest move can be seen as yet another message of defiance to Europe.

Cover pic: Shutterstock.com


  1. Pingback: Italy Must Never Forget...Or Forgive - Eddy's musings

  2. Pingback: Randy Salars News And CommentDaily News, Tips And Opinions With A Conservative SlantItaly Must Never Forget…Or Forgive, by Eric Striker

  3. Pingback: Italy Must Never Forget...Or Forgive | Europe Reloaded

  4. Pingback: Italy Must Never Forget…Or Forgive – Emma Olive

  5. Pingback: cialis 10 mg

  6. Pingback: generic viagra available

  7. Pingback: acetaminophen

  8. Pingback: generic cialis 20mg

  9. Pingback: buy chloroquine phosphate

  10. Pingback: pfizer viagra 100mg price

  11. Pingback: where can i buy Viagra 100mg

  12. Pingback: Viagra 100mg nz

  13. Pingback: Viagra 120 mg otc

  14. Pingback: Viagra 50 mg generic

  15. Pingback: Viagra 150mg pills

  16. Pingback: how to buy Viagra 200 mg

  17. Pingback: Cialis 10mg otc

  18. Pingback: Cialis 80mg medication

  19. Pingback: Cialis 10mg without prescription

  20. Pingback: sildenafil 50 mg nz

  21. Pingback: tadalafil 10mg without prescription

  22. Pingback: propecia 5 mg prices

  23. Pingback: viagra sans ordonnance livraison rapide

  24. Pingback: strattera 18mg no prescription

  25. Pingback: cialis cost

  26. Pingback: how to buy ashwagandha 60caps

  27. Pingback: where can i buy atarax 25 mg

  28. Pingback: avodart 0,5mg generic

  29. Pingback: Biaxin 500 mg purchase

  30. Pingback: buspar 5 mg over the counter

  31. Pingback: buy cheap viagra

  32. Pingback: cipro 250mg tablets

  33. Pingback: buy viagra generic

  34. Pingback: casino gambling

  35. Pingback: ED Pills Without Doctor Prescription

  36. Pingback: cialis without prescriptions

  37. Pingback: payday loans abilen tx

  38. Pingback: no prescription cialis

  39. Pingback: can you buy viagra online

  40. Pingback: generic viagra online

  41. Pingback: cheapest price for sildenafil 100 mg

  42. Pingback: how to order viagra from mexico

  43. Pingback: cheap generic viagra for sale

  44. Pingback: buy levitra online cheap

  45. Pingback: viagra tablets online india

  46. Pingback: ordering cialis online illegal

  47. Pingback: cialis keeps you hard

  48. Pingback: cost of coumadin 1mg

  49. Pingback: cheap elavil