Italy will ban arms export to Turkey, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday (October 15) after Ankara launched a military attack in the Northern part of Syria against the Kurdish fighters.
“There is no military solution to Syria’s problem, on the contrary, we can find a stable and long-lasting composition only through diplomacy and political dialogue,” said Di Maio.
European Union countries agreed on Monday to limit arms exports to Turkey over its offensive in northern Syria, prompting condemnation from Ankara, even as they stopped short of a bloc-wide embargo against a NATO ally. (Reuters)
Agreeing to a Brexit divorce deal this week has become “more and more difficult” but is still possible, the European Union’s Brexit negotiator said on Tuesday (October 15).
Michel Barnier was speaking to reporters as EU ministers gathered in Luxembourg for the last preparatory meeting before the Thursday-Friday summit of the bloc’s national leaders takes place in Brussels just a fortnight before Britain is due to leave.
“Even if the agreement will be difficult – more and more difficult, to be frank – it is still possible this week,” he said.
Dutch Foreign minister Stef Blok stressed the importance of protecting the single market in any divorce bill.
He said that British proposal “contained some steps forward” but that the current proposals did not satisfy the bloc’s criteria on customs.
“Of course, the consumers and companies in the Netherlands have to be assured that there will no be byway through the Northern Irish border for products out of the European Union. And it’s up to the UK to come forward with proposals to (ensure) that the integrity of the common market will be respected,” he said.
Should no final resolutions come at the summit later this week, the EU is mulling an extraordinary one in late October to approve any deal or a delay, or give marching orders for a damaging no-deal split. (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday (October 15) for talks that are expected to focus on economic ties and security in the Middle East region.
Upon arrival, Putin was greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the airport.
Putin’s trip to the region signals Moscow’s growing Middle East clout.
On Monday (October 14) he visited Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation. (Reuters)
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