<div class="intro-text">\r\n\r\nTurkey prevented a European naval mission, on Wednesday, enforcing the Libya arms embargo from checking a suspect freighter off the Libyan coast. The Turkish warship was suspected of violating the United Nations arms embargo to Libya.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n\u201cAnkara should justify its position before the the Security Council,\u201d European sources told the France <a href="https:\/\/www.france24.com\/ar\/20200611-\u062a\u0631\u0643\u064a\u0627-\u0639\u0627\u0631\u0636\u062a-\u062a\u0641\u062a\u064a\u0634-\u0627\u0644\u0627\u062a\u062d\u0627\u062f-\u0627\u0644\u0623\u0648\u0631\u0648\u0628\u064a-\u0633\u0641\u064a\u0646\u0629-\u0642\u0628\u0627\u0644\u0629-\u0633\u0648\u0627\u062d\u0644-\u0644\u064a\u0628\u064a\u0627">Press Agency (AFP).<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span><\/a>\r\n\r\nA spokesman for the European Union foreign minister confirmed that the accident took place in international waters off the coast of Libya.\r\n\r\nThe EU Spokesperson Peter Stano did not give details, but made it clear that a suspect cargo ship had not been searched.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_123651" align="aligncenter" width="976"]<img class="size-full wp-image-123651" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/Capture-6.png" alt="Turkey IRINI Mission tracks Turkish ship off the Libyan coast" width="976" height="437" \/> IRINI Mission tracks Turkish ship off the Libyan coast[\/caption]\r\n\r\nHe stated that the IRINI military operation charged with implementing the embargo on average had searched "more than 75 ships" since its launch on March 31.\r\n\r\nStano added that the operation IRINI was assigned to perform this mission in accordance with a resolution adopted by the Security Council last week, noting that \u201cThe United Nations should be informed of any incident.\u201d\r\n<blockquote class="pullquote align-left">Hence, the United Nations will definitely will be informed of this incident too.<\/blockquote>\r\nEuropean sources said that the incident occurred when a Greek navy frigate, taking part in the operation IRINI, wanted to inspect the suspect cargo ship that had sailed from Turkey.\r\n\r\nA Turkish military ship called the captain of the Greek ship and ordered him to get away from its way. Meanwhile, another Turkish navy ship appeared in the horizon near the incident site.\r\n\r\nThe rules of the operation IRINI are very strict about interfering with the search of suspicious ships and it is clear that the captain of the Greek ship had no choice but to allow the suspicious cargo ship to continue its route, the sources said.\r\n<h2><span style="color: #ff0000;">Turkey Strongly Backs GNA Forces in Libya<\/span><\/h2>\r\nBut the United Nations was informed of the incident and its circumstances, and the case will be followed up, according to a European source. Satellite imagery was obtained to justify the intervention of IRINI's ships.\r\n\r\n<a href="https:\/\/see.news\/eu-tackles-turkish-violations-in-mediterranean-monday\/">European foreign ministers<\/a> will discuss the incident during their meeting next Monday via virtually. It may also be tackled at a meeting of NATO and Turkish defense ministers as a member, on June 17-18.\r\n\r\nThe European Union requested that foreign interference in the conflict in Libya be stopped and mercenaries withdraw their equipment to find a political solution.\r\n\r\nTurkey is accused of arming the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, in violation of the United Nations arms embargo to Libya declared in 2011.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_101247" align="aligncenter" width="960"]<img class="size-full wp-image-101247" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/01\/68687_TUR191010TurkisharmedforcesAA_1577607293725.jpg" alt="Turkey Turkish troops to arrive in Libya" width="960" height="540" \/> Turkish troops arrive in Libya[\/caption]\r\n\r\nAnkara has <a href="https:\/\/english.alarabiya.net\/en\/News\/north-africa\/2020\/05\/10\/Turkey-warns-it-will-target-Haftar-forces-if-attacks-on-interests-in-Libya-continue">strongly backed the Tripoli-based GNA<\/a> and dismissed on Wednesday Egypt\u2019s proposal for a ceasefire in Libya.\r\n\r\nThe EU is concerned about Turkish moves and sees it as a threat to its security,\u201d said Al-Arabiya TV channel correspondent in Brussels.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n<blockquote class="pullquote align-left">He noted that Greece stated in its message that Turkey refuses to stop sea exploration.<\/blockquote>\r\n<a href="https:\/\/www.alarabiya.net\/ar\/arab-and-world\/2020\/06\/10\/\u0627\u0644\u064a\u0648\u0646\u0627\u0646-\u062a\u0637\u0644\u0628-\u0627\u062f\u0631\u0627\u062c-\u0633\u0644\u0648\u0643-\u062a\u0631\u0643\u064a\u0627-\u0639\u0644\u0649-\u0623\u062c\u0646\u062f\u0629-\u0627\u0644\u0627\u062a\u062d\u0627\u062f-\u0627\u0644\u0623\u0648\u0631\u0648\u0628\u064a.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">According to Al-Arabiya correspondent\u2019s sources,<\/a> the European Union may discuss or approve sanctions against Turkey.\r\n\r\nThe sources revealed that the European position interacts with Turkish violations in the Eastern Mediterranean.\r\n\r\nOn Tuesday, European Union Commissioner for External Relations Josep Borrell revealed Athena\u2019s intention to make this request.\r\n\r\nBorrell added\u00a0that \u201cOur dialogue is complicated with Turkey and Greece\u2026 I requested that the crisis with Ankara be included in the EU foreign ministers meeting Monday.\u201d\r\n\r\nEarlier, the European Union promised to punish Turkey for threatening the interests of Cyprus and Greece. Greece formally requested the inclusion of \u201cTurkey\u2019s behavior in the region\u201d on the agenda of the European Union (EU) foreign ministers meeting next Monday.\r\n\r\nLibya, once one of the most prosperous nations in Africa, remains fractured and devastated since the 2011 NATO bombing campaign that helped militant forces oust and kill long-time leader Muammar Gaddhafi.