HBL: Finland grants new export license for defense equipment to Turkey

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A company in Finland will supply reinforced steel to Turkey.

Interim Defense Minister Mikko Savola (center). Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

The Finnish Ministry of Defense has given the green light to export defense equipment to Turkey, reports Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

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

The license is for the export of reinforced steel by the Raahe-based company Miilux.

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

Last month Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Finland must end its arms embargo on Turkey to secure Ankara’s support for NATO membership.

While Finland has no formal ban on arms exports to Turkey, Finland has not issued new export licenses to Turkey since 2019 following the country’s ground attacks against Syrian Kurds.

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