Nurettin Canikli says many US, German firms do not provide parts that Turkey uses in defense products

Turkey’s national defense minister on Tuesday accused American and German firms of imposing a covert embargo on Turkey by not supplying spare parts that Turkey uses in defense products.

Image result for American and German flagsSpeaking at an event in the capital Ankara, Nurettin Canikli said: "Today, a lot of American and German firms do not give or delay giving spare parts that we use in defense products by applying a covert embargo."

Canikli said this happens even though Turkey pays in cash.

"But they are very generous to terrorist organizations," he added, apparently alluding to the PKK/PYD.

Canikli said that in recent years, Turkey has increasingly provided for its defense using its own home-grown defense products. 

The U.S. has supplied the terrorist PKK/PYD with more than 1,000 truckloads of military equipment since June 1, on the pretext that the group is fighting the Daesh terrorist group in northern Syria.

The PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist organization PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU.

For more than 30 years, the PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey leading to the deaths of more than 40,000 people -- security forces and civilians alike -- including more than 1,200 since July 2015 alone.