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At Brussels summit, EU leaders expected to take a line on Turkey’s military action in northern Syria

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According to Politico.eu, some diplomats from EU member states were surprised that the often divided Foreign Affairs Council found any sort of unity and was able to agree that EU countries will “commit to strong national positions regarding their arms export policy to Turkey.” That’s not quite an EU-wide arms embargo. “We have left to member states the commitment to do it because this can be done with immediate effect,” said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

BRUSSELS —European Union leaders are expected to discuss the latest military actions of Turkey in north-eastern Turkey as they meet Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

On Monday, the 28 EU Foreign Ministers expressed readiness to curb weapons exports to Turkey but stopped short of imposing an EU-wide arms embargo pushed by Germany and France. They condemned Turkey’s military action in Syria.‘’The EU condemns Turkey’s military action which seriously undermines the stability and the security of the whole region, resulting in more civilians suffering and further displacement and severely hindering access to humanitarian assistance. It makes the prospects for the UN-led political process to achieve peace in Syria far more difficult,’’ the ministers said in their statement.

The move came after Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria last week in a bid to drive Syrian Kurdish fighters away from the Syrian-Turkish border. The attack was prompted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from the region.

According to Politico.eu, some diplomats from EU member states were surprised that the often divided Foreign Affairs Council found any sort of unity and was able to agree that EU countries will “commit to strong national positions regarding their arms export policy to Turkey.” That’s not quite an EU-wide arms embargo. “We have left to member states the commitment to do it because this can be done with immediate effect,” said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

In response, Turkey has threatened to reconsider its cooperation with the EU ‘’on certain areas due to its unlawful and biased stance.”

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