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Czech Republic suspended arms supplies to Turkey

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Czech Republic has suspended arms deliveries to Turkey since Monday, First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Gamachek said on Twitter.

“The Czech Republic immediately suspends the operation of all export licensing documents on the supply of military materials to Turkey,” Gamachek wrote after a meeting with Prime Minister Andrei Babish and head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Karel Havlicek.

Before the meeting, Gamachek told reporters that arms exports to Turkey are about 130-140 million kroons (about 5.6-6 million dollars) per year.

According to Gamachek, the meeting participants over the telephone discussed the situation in this area with Foreign Minister Tomas Petršicek, who was at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.

Earlier Monday, Petrzycek summoned the Turkish ambassador to the republic and expressed his keen concern to his country’s military operations in Syria.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on October 9 announced the start of Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party and the terrorist group IS banned in Turkey.

Turkish aviation attacked the city of Ras al-Ain and a number of other Syrian cities on the border of the two countries on the same day. Later it was announced the start of the ground part of the operation.

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