German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch will no longer sell weapons to countries which are corrupt, undemocratic, or not affiliated in some way to Nato, a senior employee has said.
Heckler & Koch, which produces handguns, military rifles and submachine guns, has adopted the new policy because it is difficult to obtain export permits from the government when dealing with such countries.
The move, which would rule out arms deals with Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil, India and even Nato member Turkey, is also an attempt to improve the company’s image, said the source, according to German newspaper Die Welt.
“We only want to supply stable countries, that is, those which are unquestionably democratic, clearly not corrupt and in Nato or close to Nato,” the anonymous manager is reported to have said.
Heckler & Koch will only supply countries on a “green” list which fit these criteria, said the employee, while countries such as Turkey – …