Turkey says the European Union’s sanctions on a Turkish firm accused of breaking a United Nations arms embargo on Libya confirmed the bloc’s double requirements and biased stance.
The EU on Monday iced up the sources of Avrasya Transport, whose cargo vessel Cirkin become all in favour of a naval incident between NATO people France and Turkey in June.
The EU has accused the firm of the usage of the ship to smuggle weapons to Libya.
Ankara denies the arms-trafficking claim and says the ship become carrying humanitarian relief.
“The EU’s IRINI Operation is rewarding Haftar, and punishing the UN-recognised Libyan authorities,” Turkey’s international ministry said gradual on Monday, relating to the EU’s navy mission within the Mediterranean to prevent arms from reaching warring factions in Libya.
Ankara has supported Libya’s internationally recognised Authorities of National Accord (GNA) based mostly in Tripoli within the west.
Jap Libya and heaps extra and a broad selection of the south, alternatively, is controlled by renegade commander Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Military (LNA), which is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia.
“Overlooking these countries and companies, starting with the UAE, that send weapons from land and air to the putschist Haftar in violation of the [UN Security Council] selections, while the pork up supplied to the reputable authorities … is deemed an embargo violation, is a positive mark that the EU is … biased,” Turkey’s international ministry said.
As successfully as to sanctions on the Turkish firm, the EU additionally imposed sanctions on two Libyan males, and two other companies – Kazakhstan’s Sigma Airlines and Jordan’s Med Wave Transport.
“When effort is being made to decrease the tensions within the Jap Mediterranean, taking this form of deplorable decision is unlucky,” Turkey’s international ministry said.
Turkey would possibly well maybe additionally face EU sanctions due to the a dispute with Greece and Cyprus over rights to natural resources within the Jap Mediterranean, even supposing tensions between Ankara and Athens like reduced in recent days.
Reuters news agency