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German arms embargo angers Turkey

31 March 2017

Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik has described Germany's decision to restrict arms exports to Turkey as unacceptable and called on Berlin to act reasonably.

He added that the problems with Germany had not yet affected Turkey's military operations. "We are working hard for the rapid localisation of weapons that we cannot obtain from abroad," he told journalists in Ankara on 23 March.

Isik's reaction came after reports that the German government is rejecting an unusually high number of requested arms exports to fellow NATO member Turkey over increased human rights concerns.

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on 21 March that the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Engery (BMWi) had responded to a question by Left Party politician Jan van Aken by stating that 11 Turkish arms export requests had been rejected since November 2016 compared with eight between 2010 and 2015.

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