EU countries stop short of arms embargo for Turkey

October 14, 2019

The European Union member states united on Oct. 14 to condemn Turkey’s offensive in Syria but stopped short of imposing an arms embargo, while opening the way to sanctions over Ankara’s controversial drilling off Cyprus.

“The EU condemns Turkey’s military action which seriously undermines the stability and the security of the whole region,” the bloc said in a joint statement at a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

“Member states commit to strong national positions regarding their arms export policy to Turkey,” the statement added.

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in an interview with the Associated Press that the 28 member states “have unanimously decided to condemn – that is the verb, not concern, not worry – but to condemn in strong terms what in the end is a military attack.”