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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 

Germany exports EUR 25 million worth of weapons to Turkey in 2017

Germany exports EUR 25 million worth of weapons to Turkey in 2017

Berlin, 11 September 2017 (MIA) - The German government has approved weapons exports to Turkey worth at least 25 million euros (30.1 million dollars) since the beginning of 2017, according to an Economy Ministry document seen by dpa.

Ninety-nine weapons deliveries worth at least 25.36 million euros were approved by the German government between January and August, according to the ministry's response to a freedom of information request from the opposition Green party.

The Economy Ministry's document fails to provide the value of two of the 99 transactions, meaning the value of the deliveries is likely to be higher.

"These transactions are continuing as usual, so Ankara is no longer taking threats from Berlin seriously," said Ozcan Mutlu, the Green party lawmaker who submitted the request.

The volume of weapons deliveries is significantly lower than during the same period last year, when 158 shipments worth a total of 69.3 million euros were approved, according to the document.

A number of German citizens have been caught up in a wave of arrest in the wake of a failed coup by a faction of the Turkish military last year, caused already-tense relations between Berlin and Ankara to reach an all-time low.

"The federal government needs to follow up its words with actions in order to protect German citizens in Turkey," said Mutlu. ik/13:55



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