EU could hit Turkey with arms embargo as Germany halts exports

European Union leaders may settle on an arms embargo on Turkey over its incursion into Syria as soon as next week, Bloomberg quotes four officials familiar with the discussions as saying.

The officials said the decision could be made over a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Oct. 17-18.

Germany said Saturday that it stopped shipments of military equipment, while France has said the EU must decide on sanctions as a fitting response to the Turkish offensive against Kurds in Syria.

At stake, according to France, is the question of Turkey’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The arms embargo was floated at a gathering of EU diplomats on Friday, one of the officials said.

The Turkish attack against Kurdish forces that played a key role in defeating Islamic State terrorists has infuriated the EU.

“Turkey must understand that our main concern is that their actions may lead to another humanitarian catastrophe, which would be unacceptable,” EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday.

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