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Germany Halting Its Arms Exports to Turkey over Aggression on Syria

BERLIN, (ST)-Germany has announced that it is halting its arms exports to Turkey over the Turkish ongoing aggression on the Syrian territories.

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the "Bild am Sonntag" newspaper on Saturday that "against the backdrop of the Turkish military offensive in the northeast of Syria, the Federal Government will not issue any new permits for all armaments that could be used by Turkey in Syria.

Maas said that his country had implemented a very restrictive route for arms exports to Ankara since 2016, according to SANA.

 Germany exported arms worth €243 million ($268 million) to Turkey in 2018, making up almost one third of all German weapons exports, the Bild am Sonntag said.

Hamda Mustafa

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