Germany steps up pressure on Turkey over Syria offensive

Germany steps up pressure on Turkey over Syria offensiveGermany hardened its stance Thursday against Turkey over its military offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria, which threatened to end a thaw in frosty relations between the NATO partners. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel voiced “great concern” about Turkey’s cross-border military incursion, called for NATO to discuss the situation and said Berlin would put on ice any weapons deals. Most painfully for Turkey, he postponed for at least several months a request to upgrade German-made Leopard tanks which Ankara has deployed in its operation against the Syrian-Kurdish militia YPG.



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