Netherlands call for EU arms embargo against Turkey

Netherlands call for EU arms embargo against Turkey

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Netherlands call for EU arms embargo against Turkey

The four governing parties in the Netherlands have called for an EU-wide arms embargo against Turkey. Foreign Minister Stef Blok is seeking support for an arms embargo against the NATO ally within the European Union.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok wants to campaign within the European Union to get support for a European arms embargo against NATO ally Turkey. The four governing parties have submitted an application following Turkey's involvement in the wars in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Libya as well as Turkish oil drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean.

According to VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie, the government in Ankara is violating international law by participating in the armed conflicts in Libya and Artsakh. In the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey is drilling for oil in areas under Greece jurisdiction.

Foreign Minister Blok said that he would be happy to follow the suggestion and will seek the support of his European colleagues.

The coalition partners believe that the cabinet must do its best in an EU context to reach an arms embargo. “Turkey has crossed the limit again and again. It is time for decisive action," said the author of the motion, MP Voordewind of the Christian Union, who referred in particular to the sending of jihadist mercenaries from Syria to Artsakh prompted by Turkey.


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