UK halts exports to Turkey

15 October 2019

The UK government announced on 15 October that it is suspending arms exports to Turkey, following the invasion of Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.

Addressing the House of Commons, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a “very careful and continual” review of exports to Turkey. He added that “no further export licences to Turkey for items which might be used in military operations in Syria will be granted while we conduct that review”.

However, exports can continue under licences that have already been approved. The 20th EU Annual Report on Arms Exports, published in December 2018, stated that the United Kingdom approved licences worth EUR659.74 million (USD727.49 million) in 2017 for arms and ammunition exports to Turkey.

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