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    Berlin Freezes Arms Deals With Ankara Amid Row Over Detention of German Activist

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    German government has decided to freeze arms projects with Turkey following a diplomatic row caused by the detention of German human rights activist Peter Steudtner in Turkey, media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Both planned and already running arms projects have been put on a hold, the Bild newspaper reported.

    On Thursday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel promised to review Berlin's policy toward Ankara following Turkish court's decision to keep Steudtner and other five activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director Idil Eser in custody.

    The activists were detained on July 5 on allegations of aiding a terrorist group.

    The Turkish side called on German officials to refrain from interfering in the Turkish judicial system and blamed Germany for supporting terrorist groups.

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