Merkel has opposed a complete ban on arms supplies to Turkey
BERLIN, 12 Sep — RIA Novosti, angelina Timofeeva. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed a complete ban on arms supplies to Turkey. She stated this on Tuesday in an interview with NDR Info.
On the eve of foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel said that Germany had decided to freeze arms supplies to Turkey via the existing contracts in connection with the aggravation of bilateral relations.
“Turkey is together with us in NATO, we individually make the decision about what weapons we export. There is already in force a more restrictive consideration, but we are in the process of the joint fight against Islamic state (a terrorist group banned in Russia), and we have in each case weighed their behavior,” — said the Chancellor, answering a journalist’s question when the same will be completely prohibited the supply of arms to Turkey.
According to Merkel, Turkey and Germany are partners in NATO, and “we are dependent on cooperation with Turkey on security issues, exchange information regarding terrorist activity.” The Chancellor added that “for all the political differences we have to stick to it.”