According to claims in German newspapers, the German government has rejected weapons sales to NATO-Ally Turkey tens of times. The reason stated was concern that these weapons would be used against the Turkish public.
It has recently emerged that the German government has rejected sales of weapons to Turkey 11 times since the beginning of 2016. This memo was included in parliamentary question forwarded by Left Party minister Jan Van Aken to the German Ministry of Economy.
Articles by Süddeutsche Zeitung and German News Agency DPA reported the response of the German Ministry for the Economy that requests from Turkey for small arms, armory and armaments equipment were turned down.
Concerns based on the possibility that weapons would be used against the public
According to by DW Turkish, in answer to the parliamentary question provided by undersecretary of Ministry of Economy Matthias Machining, it was stated that the deterioration of human rights in Turkey was the main reason to reject these sales. Furthermore, it was also noted that since the July 15 coup attempt, the German government has serious concerns that these weapons would be used to suppress Turkey’s Kurdish population and be used against the public in other internal conflicts.
The German Government generally approves weapon sales to NATO allies or EU members. Sales can be turned down in some very exceptional cases, especially due to political reasons. Therefore, it is unusual that Turkey’s request would be turned down.
Left Party parliamentarian Van Aken welcomed the decision of German government, stating that the next step should be to stop all weapons sales to Turkey. He added: “The Turkish government is dragging its own country and Syria into war and gradually becoming a dictatorship.”