An incident off the coast of Libya: Turkish ships put guns on the French frigate


A glaring incident occurred between the NATO countries in the Mediterranean Sea. Turkish warships pointed their guns and strike systems at the French frigate URO Courbet (Courbet - like Lafayette).


The incident occurred on June 10, 2020, during the execution of NATO's counter-terrorism mission, the Sea Guardian. Then the Turkish Navy just delivered to Libya another batch of military equipmentthat the embargo established by the UN Security Council is prohibited, and the French decided to check them, reasonably suspecting smuggling. A portion of the Turkish “humanitarian aid” was intended for Ankara’s ally, the Government of National Accord, opposing the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Turkish ships, however, opposed the actions of the French and, as a warning, activated the combat systems of the ship. Paris could not stand such humiliation and hastened to declare Ankara to Brussels, risking the remnants of Euro-Atlantic solidarity. In turn, Ankara denied the allegations of Paris about the "persecution" of the French frigate. From a confused NATO, they hastened to declare that the Alliance should carefully study what happened.

The incident in the Mediterranean was considered at a meeting of NATO defense ministers

- said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on June 18, 2020, without providing details.

We made sure that the military structures of the Alliance investigate this incident and clarify what happened.

- he specified.

Before this, the representative of the French Ministry of Defense said that NATO should not be an ostrich and hide its head in the sand. He called not to pretend that NATO has no problem - Turkey.

At the same time, the French Foreign Ministry also spoke out. According to Paris, Ankara should stop helping terrorists in Tripoli. To this, the Turkish Foreign Ministry replied that Paris was standing next to Haftar, whom Ankara considers a “war criminal”.
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  1. Observer2014 Offline
    Observer2014 20 June 2020 09: 45
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    An incident off the coast of Libya: Turkish ships put guns on the French frigate

    Oh, what a trouble calamity could happen. winked
  2. GRF Offline
    GRF 20 June 2020 10: 12
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    Before that, the representative of the French Ministry of Defense said that NATO should not be an ostrich and hide its head in the sand. He called not to pretend that NATO has no problem - Turkey.

    Given the support of Turkey by America, France could turn into a problem, to begin with, they probably explained to her that it was better to run silently ...
    1. Observer2014 Offline
      Observer2014 20 June 2020 11: 47
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      Quote: GRF
      Before that, the representative of the French Ministry of Defense said that NATO should not be an ostrich and hide its head in the sand. He called not to pretend that NATO has no problem - Turkey.

      Given the support of Turkey by America, France could turn into a problem, to begin with, they probably explained to her that it was better to run silently ...

      Definitely clarified. The whole of France. yes laughing
      Yes foolishly chachi glut oneself. Aimed. Well, the infection is an ally in the sight ...

      In the Mediterranean Sea, a glaring incident occurred between NATO countries.

      It sounds right like a balm to the soul. wassat
      They do not aim where they are, constantly it turns out to aim at an ally. yes laughing Or the sea is small there. Or there are very few of us there. repeat