Turkey condemns EU sanctions over Libya arms embargo

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Turkey on Monday lashed out at an EU decision to sanction one of its companies for allegedly breaching a UN arms embargo on Libya, calling it "extremely unfortunate".


"At a time when efforts are made to reduce tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, making such a wrong decision is extremely unfortunate," the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that the decision has "no value" in the eyes of Turkey.

European Union foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on three companies – one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian – on Monday during a meeting in Brussels, diplomatic sources told AFP.

It froze the assets of Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a naval incident between Nato members France and Turkey in June.

The EU has accused the company of using the ship to smuggle weapons to Libya. Ankara denies the arms-trafficking claim and says the ship was carrying humanitarian aid.

Ankara has supported Libya's Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. Eastern Libya and much of the south, however, is controlled by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army.

In addition to sanctions on the Turkish company, the EU also imposed sanctions on two Libyan men, Kazakhstan's Sigma Airlines and Jordan's Med Wave Shipping.

Turkey may also face EU sanctions due to a dispute with Greece and Cyprus over ownership of natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean, although tensions between Ankara and Athens have declined in recent days.

"When effort is being made to decrease the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, taking such a wrong decision is unfortunate," Turkey's foreign ministry said, referring to the sanctions on Avrasya Shipping.

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Turkey condemns EU sanctions over Libya arms embargo

2020/09/7305CB90-9948-43D2-8689-5BEAD563F601-1600755264.png
Read: 1575     10:21     22 September 2020    

Turkey on Monday lashed out at an EU decision to sanction one of its companies for allegedly breaching a UN arms embargo on Libya, calling it "extremely unfortunate".


"At a time when efforts are made to reduce tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, making such a wrong decision is extremely unfortunate," the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that the decision has "no value" in the eyes of Turkey.

European Union foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions on three companies – one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian – on Monday during a meeting in Brussels, diplomatic sources told AFP.

It froze the assets of Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a naval incident between Nato members France and Turkey in June.

The EU has accused the company of using the ship to smuggle weapons to Libya. Ankara denies the arms-trafficking claim and says the ship was carrying humanitarian aid.

Ankara has supported Libya's Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. Eastern Libya and much of the south, however, is controlled by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army.

In addition to sanctions on the Turkish company, the EU also imposed sanctions on two Libyan men, Kazakhstan's Sigma Airlines and Jordan's Med Wave Shipping.

Turkey may also face EU sanctions due to a dispute with Greece and Cyprus over ownership of natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean, although tensions between Ankara and Athens have declined in recent days.

"When effort is being made to decrease the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, taking such a wrong decision is unfortunate," Turkey's foreign ministry said, referring to the sanctions on Avrasya Shipping.

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