Turkey biggest receiver of German arms exports

Turkey is the biggest recipient of German arms exports for the second year running, Greek Reporter reported on Tuesday. 

Turkey received 344.6 million euros ($389.4 million) worth of weapons last year from Germany, which amounts to more than one third of Germany’s total weapons exports, according to a classified document revealed by the German Press Agency (DPA) and cited by Greek Reporter.

According to the document, the weapons delivered last year were exclusively for “maritime” purposes, Greek Reporter said. 

Germany’s federal government had imposed a partial arms export ban on Ankara after Turkey’s military incursion into areas of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria in October 2019. However, this export ban only applied to weapons that could be used in the Syrian war.

Dietmar Bartsch, Chairman of the leftist Die Linke parliamentary group in the Bundestag, called for a total arms export ban against Turkey. 

“Apparently, whoever wages the most war receives the most weapons from the federal government,” he said, according to the German newspaper Die Welt.