Germany says it has frozen tanks upgrade for Turkey
BERLIN - Reuters
Turkey’s use of the Leopard 2 tanks in its “Operation Olive Branch” in northern Syria has fueled a debate about Berlin’s approval of arms exports, a domestically sensitive issue.
A government spokesman said center-right Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a Social Democrat, had agreed Berlin would not decide on the Turkish request before both party blocs had sealed a new coalition deal.
However, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in Istanbul on Jan. 25 that a commission meeting on the issue was postponed but no cancellation or hold was on the agenda.
“While we fight with terrorists, we expect support and solidarity from Germany,” Çavuşoğlu said.