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Norway and Other Allies Will not Handle New Demands for Arms Exports to Turkey


7Dnews London

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:44 GMT

Norway’s Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Soreide, on Wednesday October 10th said it would not handle new demands for arms exports to Turkey, as a “precautionary measure,” a day after Turkey announced launching a military offensive in northern Syria, AFP reported.

The Turkish so-called “Peace Spring” offensive was launched against Kurdish fighters amid fierce international condemnation, and in a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty and land.

"Given that the situation is complex and changing quickly, the foreign ministry as a precautionary measure will not handle any new demands for exports of defence material or material for multiple uses... to Turkey," the foreign minister of Nato ally, Norway, said in an email sent to AFP.

Soreide said that the ministry would also review the already issued arms exportation licenses.

Finland on Wednesday October 9th also announced suspending new arms exports to Turkey, as well as any country who is involved in the fighting in Northern Syria.

The Turkish offensive was launched on Wednesday October 9th, jeopardising the lives of numerous civilians, and risking bringing the Isis caliphate in the area back to life.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has accused Turkey of contributing to regional destabilisation, adding that its offensive “threatens to cause a new humanitarian disaster.”

Also, U S Senator Lindsey Graham on Wednesday October 9th vowed to lead a Congressional effort to make Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “pay a heavy price” after the attacks against Kurdish fighters, AFP reported.

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