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 Tuesday, September 19 2017 14:06
Ani Mshetsyan

The government of the United States of America froze the sale of  weapons to the bodyguards of the President of Turkey

The government of the United States of America froze the sale of  weapons to the bodyguards of the President of Turkey

ArmInfo. The government of the United States of America froze the sale of weapons to the bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after the last in May  attacked peaceful demonstrators opposite the Turkish Embassy in Washington, the Armenian National Committee of America reported.

The legislative initiative, introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy and  Chris Van Hollen, blocks the deal between Erdogan's bodyguards and  Sig Sauer, one of the leading arms dealers in the United States. The  amount of the canceled transaction was $ 1.2 million.

"The sale of weapons to Erdogan's bodyguards must never take place,  given the violence they committed," the senators said, adding that  the United States should stop selling weapons to the Turkish national  police, which arbitrarily arrests and uses force against peaceful  protesters who criticize the government .  Note that last spring  during a visit to the United States by Recep Erdogan, his bodyguards  violated the peaceful protesters gathered near the embassy, after  which several of them were hospitalized.

A few weeks ago, law enforcement agencies of the United States of  America brought charges against 19 people, 15 of whom are Erdogan's  bodyguards, who are now on the wanted list. 

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