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Parliamentary questions
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9 December 2020
E-006717/2020
Question for written answer  E-006717/2020
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Julie Lechanteux (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Embargo on arms sales to Turkey

During the press conference that followed the meeting of EU foreign ministers on 7 December, the head of the EU’s diplomatic service, the Spaniard Josep Borrell, refrained from making any comments about the possibility of imposing an embargo on the sale of EU weapons to Turkey. A deafening silence!

Greece had called for an embargo on arms sales to Turkey during the October summit but was blocked by Germany, Italy, Spain and Hungary.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Turkey’s main arms suppliers are the US (38 %), Italy (24 %) and Spain (19 %). SIPRI is well known to Mr Borrell and the EU institutions since the latter provide part of its funding.

Could the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy explain why he is holding back regarding Greece’s call for an embargo on arms sales to Turkey? Is it not a fact that, with Spain one of Turkey’s main arms suppliers, there is a conflict of interests here with his role as head of the EU’s diplomatic service?

Original language of question: FR
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