Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – “Agencies”
The accident that occurred between French and Turkish ships in the Mediterranean last month was an important turning point for France, but Turkey considered it merely a misunderstanding.
A report by “Reuters” monitored the escalation of tension between France and Turkey after the marine accident, noting that developments in the eastern Mediterranean took place on June 10, when a French frigate led by NATO tried to search a cargo ship carrying the flag of Tanzania on suspicion of smuggling a weapon to Libya in violation Of the United Nations arms embargo.
The French Armed Forces Ministry, a government spokeswoman, said that three ships of the Turkish Navy accompanying the cargo ship were harassed by the frigate, adding that a Turkish ship lit the radar lights, and its crew wore bullet-proof vests and stood proud of their light weapons.
While Turkey rejects this and denies smuggling arms to Libya and says that the “Jerkin” cargo ship was transporting humanitarian aid. And accused the French Navy of engaging in aggressive behavior.
And Ismail Hakki Musa, Turkish ambassador to France, claimed on July 1 that the three Turkish warships were helping NATO implement the UN arms embargo.
The Pentagon declined to comment on the incident.
As for France, it believes that the incident highlights what many NATO members see as a tendency of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to act against the interests and values of European allies.