German FM refuses to end weapon sales to Turkey despite Greek request

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has refused to end his country’s weapons sales to Turkey despite its near daily threats against Greece.

“I do not find the demand of an arms embargo against Turkey strategically correct,” he said on Monday, adding “It is not easy to do this against a NATO partner.”

German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on June 3, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

However, the next part of his statement revealed an outright lie by claiming that the U.S. refused to sell a missile defense system to Turkey.

“We saw that NATO ally Turkey easily bought missiles from Russia because it could not buy from the U.S.,” he told the German Press Agency.

To try and woo Turkey away from buying the Russian S-400 missile defense system, the U.S. offered to sell the Patriot system, which was rejected by Ankara.

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Russian-made S-400 missile defense system.

Maas also said he hoped Athens and Ankara would resolve their disputes through diplomatic channels, completely omitting that Turkey is not interested in peace, as proven by its invasion and military occupation of northern Syria and Iraq, as well as military adventures in Libya and Artsakh.

Greek Foreign Minister met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the German Parliament Wolfgang Schäuble, the chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum and other senior officials in early November and expressed the necessity of ending the sale of Type 214 submarines to Turkey.

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Class 214 submarine.

“The country that refuses to come to the negotiating table and resolve our disputes under international law regarding maritime zones is the same offending country, Turkey,” Dendias said during his working visit to Berlin, adding Ankara transfers jihadists from Syria to Libya and from Libya to the Caucasus.

Germans and Turks have a centuries long alliance that has seen Germany oppose Greece during its War of Independence, assist the Turks during their genocide of Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians (1914-23), and a formal friendship signed in 1941 when Nazi Germany was occupying Greece.