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France and Germany suspend arms sales to Turkey

2019-10-13T02:52:12.573Z



France and Germany announced the suspension of arms sales to Turkey against the background of the military operation "spring of peace" launched by Ankara in northeastern Syria.

"France, which expects this attack to end, has decided to suspend all arms export plans to Turkey, which could be used in this attack," a joint statement from the French defense and foreign ministries said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mas said the German government would not issue any new license to sell any weapons to Turkey that could be used in northeastern Syria.

The Netherlands has decided to temporarily suspend all arms export licenses to Turkey and has said it will monitor developments in Syria.

In the context, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that London is deeply concerned about the Turkish military operation in northern Syria.

After a telephone conversation between Johnson and Erdogan on Saturday evening, a British spokesman said the Turkish military operation could exacerbate the humanitarian situation and undermine progress against IS.

The spokesman added that Johnson urged Erdogan to end the attack and engage in dialogue, and that Britain and international partners are ready to support negotiations leading to a ceasefire.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country would not be deterred by the embargoes.

"No matter what anyone does, regardless of whether it is an arms embargo or anything else, it only strengthens us," Gavishoglu told Deutsche Welle before the Haiku Mas comments were published.

"Even if our allies support a terrorist organization, even if we stand alone, even if a ban is imposed, whatever they do, our battle is against the terrorist organization," he said.

On Wednesday, the Turkish army, with the participation of the Syrian National Army of the Syrian opposition, launched Operation "Spring of Peace" in the area east of the Euphrates River (northern Syria), to "clean up" what he described as terrorist groups, and establish a safe area for the return of Syrian refugees to their country.

Source: aljazeera

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