Leader of the ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP), Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and President Bush spoke by telephone on 10 March when Erdogan expressed the Turkish demands. He also failed to commit to allowing US aircraft to fly over Turkish airspace. This would be a serious blow, as the Pentagon plans to use warplanes stationed at the southern Turkish Incirlik airbase and on aircraft carriers in the eastern Mediterranean in an attack on Iraq. The alternative would be flying over Jordan and Israel. Washington had also planned, if no agreement could be reached on deploying troops in Turkey, to fly the soldiers directly into northern Iraq. An aid package worth billions of dollars is on offer if Turkey agrees to US demands. A second vote in parliament, which rejected the deployment on 1 March, will not be called until Erdogan has finished forming a new government, expected to take until sometime next week.