FM Dendias has asked for an arms embargo on Turkey, sources say

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has sent letters to his German counterpart Heiko Maas and his Spanish counterpart Arancha Gonzalez-Laya referring to Ankara’s recent provocative actions and calling for an arms embargo on Turkey, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

In particular, in a letter to his German counterpart, the Greek minister requested that permits for the export to Turkey of certain types of military equipment, such as submarines, frigates, aircraft and armour upgrades, should not be granted, the sources clarified. Dendias also pointed out the recent series of provocative actions by Turkey, which, as he underlined, aim to create a fait accomplis using military means.

In this context, Dendias recalled the relevant intervention of Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the last European Council regarding the obligation of the EU member-states, arising from the common position that they have adopted, to suspend the export of military equipment to third countries when this equipment is used in acts of aggression or regional destabilisation, which is precisely what Turkey is doing, the same sources said.