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Arms Trade: Turkey

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL8869, tabled on 7 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs during his proposed visit to Europe to discuss developments in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, particularly in Nagorno-Karabakh, following the government of Canada’s decision to suspend export licences for drone technology equipment to Turkey while allegations of its use by Azerbaijan against Armenia are investigated; and what assessment they have made of the provision of UK defence export licences to Turkey in view of those allegations.

Answered on

14 October 2020

We continue to monitor developments in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh closely. We have issued a number of joint statements with Canada, and we will continue to work closely with all partners to help facilitate a peaceful end to this conflict.

We consider all our export licence applications against a strict assessment framework, and keep all licences under careful and continual review. We comply with the OSCE arms embargo relating to the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is considered a part of our export licensing process.