exactly policies change, as if I remember right a few years ago. but our Ministers of Defence as well as even military officials (Generals, Colonels etc.) wanted stricter weapon sales to the middle east because not to long ago we were arming the Kurdish Peshmerga and they were selling weapons to ISIS under the table, which in turn caused us to end our weapon supplies to them.could be...but the other side must also be willing to play along.
but indeed policies and officials change. the foreign minister making the statements from the article for example is already long gone.