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HBL: Finland grants new defence materiel export permit to Turkey

A company in Finland will deliver reinforced steel to Turkey.

Mikko Savola tiedotustilaisuudessa.
Interim Minister of Defence Mikko Savola (Centre). Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle
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Finland's Ministry of Defence has greenlit the export of defence materiel to Turkey, reports Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

The permit concerns the export of reinforced steel by Raahe-based firm Miilux.

Interim Minister of Defence Mikko Savola (Centre), signed the export license on Tuesday, according to the Swedish-language daily.

In 2021, Finland turned down Miilux’s application for export to Turkey. Two years earlier, in 2019, a Turkish pension fund acquired 70 percent of Miilux, which makes products such as reinforced steel for armoured vehicles.

Last month Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Finland should end its arms embargo on Turkey to secure Ankara's support for Nato membership.

Although Finland has no formal ban on arms exports to Turkey, Finland has since 2019 not issued any new export permits to Turkey following the country's ground attacks against Syrian Kurds.

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