Turkey responds to France complaints about warships incident near Libya
ANKARA, (BM) – Ankara considers groundless the accusations of Paris in an incident between ships in the Mediterranean Sea near the borders of Libya. About this writes Reuters, citing a message from a senior Turkish military official, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
So the source of the agency responded to complaints from a representative of the French Ministry of Defense, who previously claimed that the Turkish frigate was chasing a French ship. In Paris, they believe that the ship was trying to check whether Ankara intends to transport smuggled weapons on the Cirkin roller skate to Libya. Then the Turkish side allegedly disguised its identification number and refused to tell where the frigate was heading.
The interlocutor of the agency denied these allegations and emphasized that no one pursued the ship of the French Navy. Moreover, the French side did not even try to establish contact with the frigate, the official added.
On June 17, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, a Turkish frigate spotted a French warship using radar 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).
Paris condemned the actions of Ankara and found them provocative and unacceptable. The representative of the French side complained about the persecution of the French Navy ship by Turkish ships before the meeting of NATO defense ministers.
In 2011, a civil war broke out in Libya, during which 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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