Arms exports: Turkey remains the largest buyer of German weapons of war

Turkey has received in the past year, weapons of war, for 344,6 million euros from Germany – more than a third of the entire German exports of war weapons. Acco

Arms exports: Turkey remains the largest buyer of German weapons of war

Turkey has received in the past year, weapons of war, for 344,6 million euros from Germany – more than a third of the entire German exports of war weapons. According to a Ministry of economic Affairs as a classified document, which is present the German press Agency.

The Turkey was the second year in a row the number one among the recipient countries of German weapons of war. In total were exported in the past year, weapons with a value of 823,6 million euros. Already in 2018, the supplies to the Nato-Partner Turkey made with 242,8 million euros, almost a third of the German exports of war weapons (770,8 million euros).

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After the invasion of Turkish troops in Syria in October 2019, the Federal government had imposed a partial arms export ban against Turkey. It only applies to weapons that can be used in the war in Syria. In the last year, supplied weapons, it was the document that only goods from the "Maritime area".

arms exports to Turkey are not only due to the invasion of Turkish troops in Syria are controversial. The Turkey will be counted by the United Nations to the countries, which engage with arms supplies in the war in Libya. In the past week, a military operation in Northern Iraq against the Kurdish workers ' party PKK, which is regarded by Turkey as a terrorist organization. On the other hand, Germany and Turkey as Nato members, but also the same military Alliance.

Barely individual country data

In the arms export report for 2019, the Federal government published in the past week, the export numbers for Turkey are not included. Since last autumn, the Federal government makes up for most of the recipient countries, no single information more. In the current report, 35 of the 45 States that have received 2019 weapons of war from Germany. The statement: "The Federal Statistical office to follow can not be excluded that on the basis of the listed here details a Re-identification of affected companies is not possible. A publication can not be made, therefore, for the protection of operating and business secrets.“

parliamentarians receive the information on demand. The information is classified as confidential and thus not Public. Left and Green criticize this practice. "The Federal government is in the transparency of arms exports in such a way back is scandalous," says the Green-armor expert Katja Keul.

Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 02:19

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