Germany Continues to Sell Weapons to TurkeyBusiness | March 16, 2018, Friday // 11:38| views
Germany continues to sell weapons for millions of euros to Turkey in the context of a controversial Ankara operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, DPA reported.
During the first 40 days since the beginning of the Turkish operation "Olive Branch", Berlin has approved 20 licenses for the sale of arms worth 4.4 million euros. This figure is higher than in the same period last year. 14 licenses were issued at a value of EUR 3.6 million.
The figures were submitted by the German Ministry of Economy in response to a parliamentary question. Former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was replaced yesterday by Justice Minister Haiko Maas, has promised that arms exports to Turkey will be totally suspended due to Syria's operation. The latest Turkish offensive against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin has expelled more than 30,000 people in 24 hours.
Operation "Olive Branch" started on January 20th. Nearly 1.5 million Kurds and refugees from other areas of Syria live in the area of Afrin. Turkey considers Kurdish organizations as terrorist threat.