SPAIN JOINED LIST OF COUNTRIES WHICH SUSPENDS ARMS SALES TO TURKEY


16/10/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO- Spain's Foreign Ministry says it will suspend the sale of weapons to Turkey that could be used in Operation Peace Spring.

“Spain, in coordination with its European Union partners, will not issue new licenses for the export of military materials that could be used in the operation in Syria,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement also noted that Spain's military presence in Turkey is part of a NATO operation aimed at promoting peace and stability in the region.

Earlier, the decision to suspend arms and ammunition sales to Turkey had come from Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Czechia.

Then Italy, the country that sold the most arms to Turkey last year, joined the arms embargo resolution. Spain had signaled it was preparing to take the same decision and announced it was suspending arms sales as of today.

On the other hand, at the European Union (EU) foreign ministers ' meeting in Luxembourg yesterday, there was no consensus on imposing an EU-wide arms embargo on Turkey due to British opposition. However, the joint statement called on member states to halt arms sales to Turkey.


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