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Italian warships keep an eye on the Turkish fleet off the coast of Libya

TRIPOLI, (BM) – Italian journalist Angelo Campella reported the discovery of foreign warships, including Turkish, off the Libyan coast, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to him, Ankara sent several warships to the Libyan coast, despite the IRINI mission announced by the EU countries to monitor compliance with the UN arms embargo.

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The journalist notes that Turkish and Italian warships are located along the Libyan coast. According to him the Italian ships do not prevent Turkish frigates from being off the coast of Libya, although, as you know, the IRINI mission is primarily intended to nullify the supply of arms from Ankara to the fighters of Fayez al-Sarraj, leader of the so-called Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

Among the ships, frigates of type G are seen, which are equipped with medium-range launchers Mk 14 and Mk 41, allowing to hit targets at a distance of 50 kilometers. A key feature is the fact that, due to their location near the coastline, they are able to destroy any aircraft used in zones of active clashes between militants of the GNA and the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The appearance of the Italian fleet near Misurata and Tripoli should fit into the IRINI framework, as Rome had previously expressed its readiness to implement the mission. However, as stressed in official sources, at the moment only the French frigate Jean Bart is involved in the operation. The Turkish fleet, obviously, is pursuing the tasks set by Ankara to support the armed provocations of the GNA, as well as the Turkish military personnel and advisers deployed in the territory of the North African country.

The fact that Turkey has used all kinds of its Armed Forces to intervene in the affairs of Libya was previously stated by the official speaker of the LNA Ahmad Mismari. Major General pointed out that it was the Turkish ships, as well as the drones with which it supplies the GNA forces, that became their main weapon. UAVs allow militants to strike at remote targets and quickly receive intelligence. The fleet, in turn, makes it possible to conduct electronic warfare, blocking enemy communications and interfering with the guidance systems.

The presence of Turkish warships off the coast of Libya has been noticed before. Notable was the incident that occurred on April 1: the Turkish frigate launched a RIM-66 missile in the direction of the city of Al Agilat. Initially, GNA militants tried to give out the wreckage of a rocket for a downed LNA drone, but this stuffing was soon refuted.

Despite the fact that the very fact of the presence of foreign warships in the territorial waters of another sovereign state without the consent of a legitimate government is a gross violation, considered an invasion, the army of Khalifa Haftar did not attack them. The LNA, as is known, also does not strike at Turkish ships, with the help of which Ankara delivers weapons and military equipment to GNA fighters. Speaking of this, Associate Professor RUE them. G. V. Plekhanova, Alexander Perendzhiev, noted that an attack on these ships would unleash the hands of Turkey – the strike could be used to officially launch hostilities against the GNA. At the same time, Ankara could use all its power, and not just the recruitment of Syrian mercenaries and the supply of weapons.

It should also be noted that Turkish frigates are actively used to support offensive operations of GNA militants. With their help, the Chinese Wing Loong II UAVs were defended, protecting the territory near Al-Batuy air base, thereby clearing the sky for Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones.

The leader of the GNA, Fayez al-Sarraj himself, previously stated his reluctance to contribute to the implementation of the EU’s naval mission IRINI, shifting responsibility to the European community.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).

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