EU foreign ministers are meeting to discuss an appropriate response to the deployment of Turkish troops in northeastern Syria. Sanctions including an arms embargo are on the table, but may take time to materialize.

The Turkish offensive in Syria tops the agenda at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday. Possible sanctions and an EU-wide arms embargo are likely to be discussed.

“This offensive is going to cause serious humanitarian devastation,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. “France expects a specific demand to end the offensive and a firm position on arms exports to Turkey.”

The situation could force the NATO member’s allies to get involved, according to Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.

“Article five of the NATO pact states that all other countries must help to defend a country if it is attacked,” Asselborn said, describing the situation as “extraordinary.”

The EU last week called on Turkey to “cease the unilateral military action.”

Source: National News Agency

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EU foreign ministers are meeting to discuss an appropriate response to the deployment of Turkish troops in northeastern Syria. Sanctions including an arms embargo are on the table, but may take time to materialize. The Turkish offensive in Syria tops the agenda at a meeting of EU...