Austira's arms embargo on Turkey will lead to more serious motivation in developing national and indigenous weapons in Turkey's defense industry, Defense Minister Fikri Işık told reporters in Ankara on Friday.
"We strongly condemn Austria's decision," he added.
Late on Thursday, the Austrian parliament adopted a motion which imposed an arms export embargo on Turkey.
The decision came the same day the European Parliament voted to approve a non-binding motion urging the EU to halt accession talks with Ankara.
Işık said the U.S. had imposed a much more severe embargo on Turkey in 1975 -- something which sparked the "birth" of Turkish military supplier, ASELSAN.
The U.S. had imposed the embargo on Turkey in Feb. 1975 after Ankara sent forces to Cyprus to protect the safety of Turkish Cypriots.
ASELSAN is a corporation which produces tactical military radios and defense electronic systems for the Turkish Armed Forces.
Işık said Turkey would not be affected by Austria's decision in practice but added that the decision had revealed Austria's attitude.
Glock and Steyr were the only majorly imported Austrian arms brands in Turkey. The hand guns of Glock were used by some law enforcement officers.
Imported weapons in Turkey come mainly from the U.S., Italy, Austria, Germany, U.K., Belgium, Israel and the Czech Republic. However with import competition in the weapons market, the Turkish arms industry has been developing and producing high quality weapons in the recent years.
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