Poland backs consultations on arms export ban against Turkey

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz (L) talks with Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders (R) at the start of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg. /PAP/EPA

Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday declined to say whether Poland will follow other EU countries and ban arms exports to Turkey stressing that in this case one should note that Turkey is a NATO member.

Czaputowicz, attending an EU Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, said Poland backed a communique on Turkey's aggressive acts towards Syria. "These acts were condemned by ministers and we count on maintaining peace which may be negotiated only under UN auspices," said the Polish FM.

EU foreign ministers called on Turkey to stop its activities in north-east Syria and withdraw its forces from the region.

Declining to say whether Poland, like many other EU countries, will ban the export of arms to Turkey, Czaputowicz said that "all this will be further analysed by a working group, one should also take into account NATO's stance and the fact that Turkey is a NATO member."

Czaputowicz noted that although Poland is a minor exporter of arms to Turkey it supports consultations on a possible introduction of an embargo.