UK SUSPENDS ARMS SALES TO TURKEY AMID INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY OVER TURKEY’S MILITARY OPERATION


16/10/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO-the British government, held in Brussels today, the European Union (EU) External Relations Council has objected to attempts to halt arms sales to Turkey in the meeting.

Britain now joins Italy, France, Germany and a number of other countries in halting weapons exports to Ankara in response to a widely criticized Operation Peace Spring in Kurdish-dominated northeastern Syria.

The UK government has suspended new arms sales to Turkey amid an international outcry over its offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs on Tuesday: "The UK government takes its arm export control responsibilities very seriously and in this case, of course, we will keep our defense exports to Turkey under very careful and continual review.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament that no further export licenses "for items that might be used in military operations in Syria" would be issued to Turkey until a review had taken place. 

"We accept Turkey's legitimate concerns, "the British Foreign Secretary said, while warning that" we will not allow the unilateral imposition of population change on Syria."

"We need to avoid pushing Turkey into the arms of Russia and President Vladimir Putin," he said, arguing that NATO is more important than ever and that the alliance should be strengthened rather than weakened."


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