Europeans no longer want to supply arms to Turkey - page 1
The member states of the European Union no longer want to supply arms to Turkey in view of the military offensive in northern Syria. This was agreed by the 28 states, according to Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. It had "clearly a political direction taken that no European country provides more weapons in Turkey," said Asselborn in the common lunch magazine of ARD and ZDF. "This is an embargo." The EU Foreign Ministers are discussing the situation in Syria in Luxembourg.
In addition, in the final statement of the EU foreign ministers meeting, the states will condemn the operation of Turkey in Syria. "For us, this is an invasion that can not be justified by anything in international law," said Asselborn in an interview with Mittagsmagazin. "Miracles sometimes happen in the EU too," he commented on the rare unity of European governments.
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) had previously said that he was "pretty sure there would be a closed language" in the EU on Monday. Germany had partially stopped its arms exports to its NATO partner Turkey in response to the invasion. France and the Netherlands had already announced a supply stop for armaments. Sweden and Italy called for an EU-wide arms embargo before the foreign ministers meeting.
Since the Turkish invasion of northern Syria last Wednesday, a Turkish military offensive is underway there against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the Kurdish militia YPG. Because the Kurds lost their most important allies with the withdrawal of US troops, the Kurdish autonomy administration and the Syrian regime agreed that the troops of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad will support the Kurdish militias.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had called in a telephone call on Sunday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for immediate stop the military offensive. At a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Merkel reaffirmed the demand. "We have a common desire to end the offensive," said Macron. Both warned against a resurgence of the terrorist militia "Islamic State" by the actions of Turkey in northern Syria.