Turkey’s international minister on Thursday demanded an apology from France over its depiction of a standoff between ships from the 2 nations within the Mediterranean Sea that prompted Paris to droop its involvement in a NATO naval operation.
France says its frigate Courbet was “lit up” 3 times by Turkish naval focusing on radar on June 10 when it tried to method a Tanzanian-flagged civilian ship suspected of involvement in arms trafficking. The ship was being escorted by three Turkish warships. The Courbet backed off after the confrontation.
At the time, the French frigate was a part of the Sea Guardian mission, which helps to supply maritime safety within the Mediterranean. France mentioned it was appearing based mostly on NATO data and that underneath the alliance’s guidelines of engagement such conduct is taken into account a hostile act.
Turkey has denied harassing the Courbet. Both nations are NATO allies.
“France has not told the truth to the EU or to NATO,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned throughout a go to to Berlin.
“The claims that our vessels locked onto (French vessels) are not true,” Cavusoglu added. “We have proven this with reports and documents and gave them to NATO. NATO saw the truth.”
NATO has confirmed solely that investigators have submitted their report into the incident however mentioned it was “classified” and declined to say what conclusions, if any, had been drawn.
“Instead of engaging in anti-Turkish activities and such leanings, France needs to make a sincere confession,” Cavusoglu mentioned. “Our expectation from France at the moment is for it to apologize in a clear fashion, without ifs or buts, for not providing the correct information.”
The French authorities despatched a letter Tuesday to NATO saying it’s halting its participation in Sea Guardian “temporarily.”
France has accused Turkey of repeated violations of the U.N. arms embargo on Libya and branded the Turkish authorities as an impediment to securing a cease-fire within the North African nation, which Turkey firmly denies.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, talking alongside Cavusoglu, mentioned “it is extremely important that relations between France and Turkey are constructive” as a result of the nations have to work collectively on many points. He mentioned he hopes that “a constructive, open and very transparent dialogue” might be potential within the coming days and weeks to handle their variations.