Ismail Demir: "Arms sales bans will not impact Turkey's defense industry"

Ismail Demir: "Arms sales bans will not impact Turkey's defense industry"
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  • calendar-gray 16 October 2019

The Turkish defense industry will not be hit by embargoes or bans on arms sales, the head of the presidency’s Defense Industries Directorate was quoted as saying on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

European Union countries agreed on Monday to limit arms exports to Turkey over its offensive even as they stopped short of a bloc-wide embargo against a NATO ally.

Ismail Demir said on Wednesday that arms sales bans and embargoes would not would impact Turkey’s defense industry.

“We’ve made our analyses regarding these, we’ve taken the necessary measures including issues like alternative sources and domestic production,” he was quoted as saying by state-owned Anadolu agency.

The EU exported 45 million euros ($50 million) worth of arms and ammunition to Turkey last year, including missiles, according to EU statistics office Eurostat.

Faig Mahmudov

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