Full embargo on Turkey would rattle Western industry

17 October 2019

The broader ramifications of the ongoing Turkish offensive into northern Syria could be felt by defence companies in Europe and North America.

Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have acted independently to suspend arms export licence approvals to Turkey (a NATO ally of most of these countries).

The European Union (EU) has stopped short of endorsing an official collective embargo, although foreign ministers agreed on 14 October to adopt “strong national positions regarding their arms export policy to Turkey”. A working group in the Council of the European Union is due to convene imminently to co-ordinate and review member states’ positions on an arms embargo.

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