Germany stops arms exports to Turkey

  • 23:30 12 October 2019

Germany stops arms exports to Turkey

Germany banned exports of arms which Turkey could use in Operation Peace Spring in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told weekly Bild Am Sonntag (Bams) on Saturday, ONA reports citing Daily Sabah.

"The Federal Government will not issue any new permits for all military equipment that could be used by Turkey in Syria," Maas told the paper.

Germany exported arms worth 243 million euros ($268 million) to Turkey in 2018, accounting for almost one third of all German weapons exports, according to the paper.

Ankara has long criticized German authorities for not taking serious measures against the PKK and its Syrian affiliates -- PYD and YPG -- which continue to use Germany as a platform for their fund-raising, recruitment and propaganda activities.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU, waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, and has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

Ties between Turkey and Germany were also strained following the coup attempt. Turkish leaders slammed Germany for not showing strong solidarity with Ankara against the July 15 coup attempt, and for turning a blind eye to the continued activities of FETÖ in the country.

Faig Mahmudov