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>> In the latest spat between Turkey and Germany, Berlin putting all major arms exports to Ankara on hold. The German foreign minister announced the move, blaming Turkey's deteriorating human rights. Ties between the two NATO allies are increasingly strained. The latest move after another German couple is said to have been detained in Turkey of political charges.
Over the summer, Germany had warned its citizens about travelling to the country, warning they could face arbitrary arrest. Reuters Turkey bureau chief Dominic Evans says it's all part of months of rising tensions.>> The disagreements, the dispute centers around the crackdown in Turkey since the failed military coup against Tayyip Erdogan last year.
Tens of thousands of people have been detained in Turkey, including at the moment, around a dozen or so German nationals. So that has been one element raising tensions between the two countries.>> With the German elections just weeks away, the fallout has become a campaign issue. In a televised debate, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she'd seek to end Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, that Turkey may already be on the lookout for new alliances.
>> There have been signs that Turkey is looking beyond its traditional western partnerships with NATO and the EU for other relations. The Iranian Chief of Military Staff visited Ankara last month, was the first such visit since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Turkey also says it has signed a deal for an anti-missile defense system with Russia, which would also be a shift away from the West towards new partners in the East.
>> Over the weekend, Turkey warned its citizens to take care when traveling to Germany. The Foreign Ministry sighted an upswing in Anti-Turkish sentiment ahead of elections there later this month. Until Germany votes, it's likely relations between the pair will remain on ice.