Most Germans oppose weapons deliveries to Turkey, survey finds

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. USAF.

Berlin (dpa) – A significant majority of Germans opposes weapons deliveries to Turkey given its military offensive in northern Syria, according to a new survey released on Friday.

Around 91 per cent of more than 1,200 people surveyed in mid-October took this position, while only 5 per cent supported arms deliveries, the poll conducted for the broadcaster ZDF found.

Sixty-five per cent of respondents favoured economic sanctions, while 27 per cent opposed them.

In case EU member states issue sanctions against Turkey, 80 per cent of respondents said they would expect the deal between the European Union and Turkey on the handling of migrants to be discontinued and arrivals of refugees in Europe to increase.

Turkey launched its military offensive on October 9, saying that it was aimed at Islamic State and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey considers the YPG to be linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) waging an insurgency within the country. The US had relied on the YPG to help defeat the Islamic State group in Syria.

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