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Greece has twice sent official requests to Germany, asking that it stop selling arms to Turkey. Thus far, it has received no response.
 
02/27/2021
 

Germany Empowers Turkey’s Navy

Greece has twice sent official requests to Germany, asking that it stop selling arms to Turkey. Thus far, it has received no response.

BY JOSUÉ MICHELS

A classified document revealed in June by the German Press Agency (DPA) said that Turkey has been the number one recipient of German arms exports for the second year in a row.

In October 2019, Turkey invaded Syria with a force that used German-built tanks. In the aftermath, Germany was pressured into denying Turkey weapons of war that could be used in the crisis. But maritime goods are largely exempt from the ban.

These Turkey-bound German arms exports are highly controversial in light of the conflict between Greece and Turkey. "The main focus of the recent criticism is the construction of six Class-214 submarines, which will be assembled in Turkey with the major participation of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems," Germany’s Handelsblatt noted. "The federal government had already approved the delivery of components in 2009 and secured the export with a so-called Hermes guarantee of $2.9 billion. Back then, relations between the two countries were much more relaxed" (Watch Jerusalem translation throughout).

Why is Germany supporting a power that is destabilizing much of the Middle East?

 
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