ANKARA (Reuters) – A senior Turkish army official stated on Wednesday it was “fully unfaithful” that the Turkish navy had harassed a French warship, denying an assertion by a French official.
Earlier on Wednesday, the French defence ministry official accused the Turkish navy of harassing a French warship on a NATO mission.
He stated the French ship had wished to test whether or not the Turkish vessel Cirkin was smuggling arms to Libya. In response, French officers stated the Cirkin had switched off its monitoring system, masked its ID quantity, and refused to say the place it was going.
The Turkish army official instructed Reuters the French warship didn’t set up communications with the Turkish ship throughout the incident.
“If one takes under consideration that the French warship was refuelled by our facet earlier than the alleged incident, it’s clear how inappropriate and intentional the allegation is,” he stated.
The French overseas ministry has accused Turkey’s navy of performing in a hostile method in the direction of its NATO allies to stop them from implementing a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
Turkey, which backs the internationally recognised GNA authorities in Tripoli, has secured a foothold in Libya by serving to to repel an assault on the capital by the Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA) of jap commander Khalifa Haftar, who’s backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia.
“Turkey is fulfilling its obligations as an ally immediately as all the time,” the Turkish army official stated. “It has saddened us that the matter has reached this stage.”
Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Daren Butler; Modifying by Sandra Maler and Rosalba O’Brien