Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said no further arms export licenses to Turkey would be granted while the UK conducts a review. (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2019

Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister

  • ‘The UK government takes its arm export control responsibilities very seriously’

LONDON: Britain is to halt new arms export licenses to Turkey as a result of concern over its military operation against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, the foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday.
“The UK government takes its arm export control responsibilities very seriously and in this case, of course, we will keep our defense exports to Turkey under very careful and continual review,” Raab told parliament.
“No further export licenses to Turkey for items that might be used in military operations in Syria will be granted while we conduct that review.”


Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

Updated 15 November 2019

Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

  • Turkey said it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights
  • Yavuz is another Turkish drillship off the west coast of Cyprus

ANKARA: The Turkish oil-and-gas drilling ship Fatih has started its operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said on Friday, despite warnings from European Union for Ankara to stand down.
On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Turkey over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.
Another Turkish drillship, Yavuz, is off the west coast of Cyprus.