Arms exports to Turkey remain at a high level

Turkish flag, over dts
Turkish flag, over dts
The German government has already approved arms exports worth around 22,85 million euros to Turkey this year.

This emerges from the answer to a written question from the Left Vice-parliamentary group leader Sevim Dagdelen, about which the "Welt" (Thursday edition) reports. The provisional value relates to individual export permits issued by the federal government up to August 31, 2020.

According to information from the Federal Government, these did not include any war weapons. For the full year 2019, the federal government had put the individual export permits to Turkey at a value of 26,13 million euros. Projected, the volume of approved exports this year could thus exceed the previous year. In 2019 there was already a significant increase compared to the previous year (12,9 million euros).

"It is scandalous that the German government continues to arm Turkey in view of the military provocations in the eastern Mediterranean combined with open threats of war against EU members Greece and Cyprus," said Dagdelen. In view of the permanent breach of the UN arms embargo against Libya, Turkey should no longer be rewarded with armaments from Germany. In the opinion of the politician, exports should be "reduced to zero". In the current year, the federal government is Israel, Egypt and Qatar ?? measured by the export permits ?? as the main recipient countries for war weapons.

The volume for permits to Israel is almost 508 million euros, Egypt follows me around 291 million euros, followed by Qatar with around 178 million euros.