Germany Suspends All Major Arms Exports To Turkey

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Germany Suspends All Major Arms Exports To Turkey

German soldiers after taking part in a drill on June 29. JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP – Getty Images

Germany has frozen all major arms exports to Turkey, the country’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday explaining that the decision was made due to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and increasingly strained ties to its NATO ally.

We have put on hold all big requests (for arms exports) that Turkey has sent to us, and these are really not a few,” the minister said during a panel discussion organized by German business daily Handelsblatt.

He added that Germany is obliged to send arms to a NATO ally, if requested. However, this is currently not possible.

On Tuesday, Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister, Omer Celic, responded to Germany’s decision.

This decision will weaken Turkey’s fight against terrorism, and weakening the Turkish fight would mean making Europe’s future more vulnerable,” he said. “Germany must leave security issues out of political discussions.”

He added that “must formulate his comments seriously” saying that the supplied arms “are being used in the struggle against the PKK and ISIS.”

Relations between Ankara and Berlin have been deteorating since 2016 over a number of issues, including the ongoing migration crisis in the EU, human rights violations in Turkey and Ankara’s cooperation with Russia.

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  • Jordan Katz

    Good. Russia would be happy to supply some better hardware at half the price.

    • TheLulzWarrior

      Merkel’s regime complaining about human rights violations, lol!

    • Bison789

      Will turkey shot down another russian plan with russian weapons ?

      • Jordan Katz

        Plan? WHAT PLAN!? Those sneaky Russians…

        • Bison789

          warplane

  • YuiYui

    Well, this will just strain the NATO relations further, when an “ally” calls you evil and refuses to sell you weapons

    • FlorianGeyer

      I do hope so.

  • Serious

    F….k Turkey. You started this war and you will be one of the biggest looser like I said when the war started.

    Why did you attack Syria in first place stupid moron.

    • dutchnational

      In this a sentiment I share.

      One of the biggest problems when the Syria mess winds down will be getting Turkey out of their new Azaz colony. They are already some 80 years in Hatay and likely aim to stay as long in Azaz.

  • Peter Moy

    When is a NATO country concerned about human rights, even in one of it’s members? Siggy: You are a real despicable, mealymouth US-style HYPOCRITE! Were you concerned about the human rights of the people in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya? These are all countries that your NATO bombed the hell out of, HYPOCRITE! Note: German politicians will say and do anything before the upcoming election. Merkel will in all likelihood be re-elected to a fourth term and Germany will still be a US colony and lapdog parroting US foreign policy. Yes, the majority of German voters are satisfied with the ongoing migrant invasion, EU trade embargo and provocations toward Russia. To paraphrase the German author Thilo Sarrazin – “Germany abolishes itself.”

    • Bru

      excellent post

    • Lumen

      You dont get the Point. Turkey arrested German Citizens, so there will be no arms for Turkey.

      • Skagos

        German agents*

  • Moussa Saab

    Less arms for FSA and HTS then.,.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      These are still coming in and Turkey plays less of a part in it now , as US Iraqi contractors continue to funnel arms and weapons to these groups there. The major players are Israel ,US,UK,France, and the KSA along with GCC partners who still remain known suppliers. They use UN to supply them through the UNHCR which has provided most of the current smuggled arms.

  • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

    This is very hypocritical of them since they provide many foreign fighters to the PKK,YPG and Peshmerga in the form of volunteers most of these groups are Anarcho-Communist factions which will one day return home. These groups are using the tyrannical methods and are learning more efficient ways to become terrorists while being among the Kurds ,think of this as foreign exchange program. While Germany is sending it’s ultra-violent left wings to become more violent and condemning Turkey for actions it is already perpetrating , this proves they are a NATO Watchdog of the US.

    This is very convenient what they are doing as they are pandering to the future terrorists that will destroy Germany and Frau Merkel , and trying to bring back Turkey to the fold while they design to destroy it as a nation. This is another country on the verge of destruction and a vote for Frau Merkel will hasten it quicker, until they can get rid of the shackles held by the US their fate will be doomed.

  • FactNoFiction

    This is merely the beginning. Turkey is still yet to drop the real bombshell. We will all be seeing a nuclear weapons test in Turkey in the coming months which is going to send a chill behind everyones spine in the region. All this thanks to Obama and European incompetence. Did they really think Turkey would not retaliate for the 15 July 2016 coup attempt? Every US/European Stooge in Turkey is now in prison or exile. There are no men left that can exert US/European influence in Turkish Government institutions. President Erdogan has outsmart everyone.

  • Skagos

    As a Turk; FINALLY. JEEZ. Beeing waiting for this quite a long time.

    • Bison789

      Go fight with sticks fucking morons im also happy that you dont get any german technology any more!

      • Skagos

        We’ll be fighting with MPT-76, not sticks.

        • Bison789

          Design
          Its design was based on the AR-15, but with the gas piston system influenced by the HK417.[8][19] It has a Picatinny rail system and mounting options for an under-barrel shotgun and grenade launcher.[20]

  • Bob

    Following orders from Pentagon – is proxy punishment for Turkey going outside the NATO food-chain.

  • dutchnational

    It is becoming more and more likely that at some time the strains between Turkey and the West will snap. Imo it cannot be soon enough.

    There will still be all kinds of interactions, but the deferrement to Turkey will have to cease.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    No more weapons for terrorist FSA.Now Turkey will expand rapefugees to Germany.Pornstars VS Gaotfuckers.

  • BoxcarBill

    Human rights violations? Who is better at that than Israel?