Turkish frigate used a radar to spot a French warship off the coast of Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – In the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, an incident involving the warships of Turkey and France took place. On Wednesday, June 17, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
As it became known to the channel, the Turkish frigate used a radar to spot a French warship when it tried to get closer to the Cirkin rocker, which was transporting weapons intended for the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya. It is noted that the second frigate of the Turkish Navy was also involved in the incident.
When exactly this episode occurred, is not specified. At the same time, according to the channel, such actions on the part of Ankara have already been condemned in Paris, considering them provocative and unacceptable.
As we reported earlier the head of the French Ministry of Defense said that in connection with the recent actions of Ankara, that the North Atlantic Alliance should reconsider its attitude to Turkey as a member of NATO, hinting at the need to exclude this state from the military alliance.
“We had difficult moments in the [North Atlantic] alliance, but we cannot be an ‘ostrich’ and cannot pretend that Turkey has no problem in NATO. We must see this, say it and deal with it [with this problem],” said the French Ministry of Defense.
In 2011, a civil war broke out in Libya. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country since 1969, was overthrown and killed. On the side of his opponents fought the forces of the international coalition, which included France, the USA, Great Britain and other countries. At present, there is a situation of dual power in Libya: in the east in the city of Tobruk there is a parliament led by field marshal Khalifa Haftar, in the west in Tripoli – a government of national accord.
At the same time, the GNA actively supports Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia stand on the side of the LNA, France and the UAE are also its unofficial allies – the latter, according to some reports, supplied the army with equipment, including equipment purchased from Russia.
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