Acting SPD leader Malu Dreyer has threatened economic sanctions against Turkey in the conflict over northern Syria. "Should Ankaranicht give in, economic sanctions can be the next step," said Dreyer. "The entire global community has a responsibility to stop the violence in Syria." Especially the Europeans would have a great interest to alleviate dashumanitäre suffering and explore political ways to end the conflict. It was the hour of prudent diplomacy.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) will therefore make it clear during his visit to Ankara on Saturday that the weapons must be permanently rested, that when dealing with refugees, international legal rules and only the political process can be successful in the long term. "The EU-wide stop of arms deliveries shows that Turkey is always isolating itself," Dreyer said. She called for "realistic, concrete action and direct talks" to help the Syrians. This can be understood as an indirect criticism of Secretary of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), who, in view of the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria, had proposed the establishment of a security zone in the border area with Turkey.
Mützenich: Turkey disregards the values of NATO
Meanwhile, SPD faction leader Rolf Mützenich accused Turkey of offensive against the rules of NATO - and questioned their membership in question. "Everyone has to check for themselves whether he still can be part of NATO andwill especially for Turkey, "he told the newspapers in the Funke Mediengruppe. The members of NATO have not only committed themselves to share values, but also to respect international law. "The invasion of the Turkish forces in northern Syria is by no means covered by self-defense law and my doubts about Turkey have grown - not only since the purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missiles."
Mützenich urged NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to consider the consequences of the military offensive on Turkey's role in NATO: "There is a big challenge for the NATO Secretary-General, who will have to say if he is still convinced of the reliability of Turkey. "