Germany and France announced on Saturday that they would halt arms exports to Turkey over its military incursion into northeastern Syria.
“Against the background of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria, the government will not issue any new permissions for any weapons that can be used by Turkey in Syria.” Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Bild am Sonntag.
Shortly after, France also announced that it had suspended exports of “war materials” to Turkey, Euronews reports.
In a statement, Florence Parly, France’s Minister of Armed Forces wrote: “Pending the cessation of the Turkish offensive in North-East Syria, France has decided to suspend any plans to export to Turkey war materials that could be used in the context of this offensive. This decision is of immediate effect.”
France and Germany’s decision comes just days after the Netherlands, Norway, and Finland all decided to halt all arms exports to Turkey.
Various Arab foreign ministers have also issued statements of condemnation of Turkish aggression in the region, calling for the immediate withdrawal of its troops.
The Arab League has called on the UN Security Council to apply measures to force Turkey to halt its military incursion into Syria and to withdraw its troops from the Arab country immediately.
On Monday, a meeting of the EU’s foreign affairs committee will take place in Luxembourg to decide whether the bloc will take a coordinated approach to the issue.
In response to Europe’s condemnation of his government’s actions, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, for the second time, has threatened to flood Europe with 3.6 million migrants living in Turkey.
“We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way,” Erdogan said last Thursday during an address to Turkish lawmakers.