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Germany: Weapons exports to Turkey ‘hugely reduced’ – German foreign ministry

German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Schafer said that weapons exports to Turkey have been “hugely reduced” and the German government makes decisions regarding exports to Turkey based on each individual case, during a federal press conference on Wednesday.

SOT, Martin Schafer, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (German): “The numbers, which the Economics Ministry also disclosed in the past days, offer in really clear language that the weapon exports to Turkey have been hugely, and I repeat hugely, reduced. And we move in a political sphere of politics, in which we have to live with dilemmas and contradictions. And we seek to make decisions on individual cases and in each individual case we apply the questions who would receive these weapons, which purpose do they serve, and could they potentially be misused. These three questions, when there is the right answer to all three questions, then there is a possibility to deliver something here and there to Turkey. If not, then not. And the numbers shown and the numbers released by the ministry of economics speak such a clear language that they support what I’ve just tried to explain.”

SOT, Steffen Seibert, German Government spokesperson (German): “The German Chancellor rejects a general halting of weapons exports to Turkey. We make decisions in the German government on a case by case basis. That is what I can say to you without individual questions. Turkey is a NATO partner. We are in a mutual struggle with Turkey against Islamist terror, against IS. In questions of security, Turkey is an important partner for us, despite all the difficulties we have with the Turkish government; and they are debated often enough here.”

SOT, Martin Schafer, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (German): “So I’m not a legal expert on NATO, but I will attempt to take an example. If a German diplomat operates in the USA, in Washington, for example, then a part of the judicial theory and practice is that we adhere to American law. That is a duty that he have. However that doesn’t mean that we would be obliged to tell our American foreign workers in detail what we are doing there. It is our right with regards to the applicable legal order to do things that we find correct. And I suspect that this example is fitting for the situation with Rammstein.”

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