France suspends weapons exports to Turkey

  • 04:03 13 October 2019

France suspends weapons exports to Turkey

The French Defence Ministry said in a statement on Saturday it had suspended arms exports to Turkey over the ongoing military operation in the northern part of Syria, ONA reports citing Sputnik International.

Defence ministry and Foreign Ministr of France have jointli issued statement in this regard.

NOte that the operation, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists affiliated with Daesh and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), was launched on Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. (1100 GMT).

The operation, conducted in line with the country's right to self-defense borne out of international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions, aims to establish a terror-free safe zone for Syrians return in the area east of the Euphrates River controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by YPG terrorists.

The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, resulting in the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.

Since 2016, Turkey's Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for nearly 400,000 Syrians who fled the violence to return home.

Faig Mahmudov