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France turns to EU for support against Turkey

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 8, 2020
EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on a recent visit to Ankara discussed bilateral relations and regional developments.
Mevlut Cavusoglu
Minister   Mevlut Cavusoglu
During the visit, speaking about the recent tensions with France over a claim of vessel harassment in the Mediterranean, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "We have proved everything that happened and the EU and NATO cannot prove otherwise. France has not acted with honesty. Therefore, France should apologize from Turkey and extend their apologies to the EU and NATO."

Topics: France Turkey

Thus, France turned to the EU platforms to seek support against Turkey, urging other member states to back French claims.

As the situation on the ground in Libya changes rapidly after Turkey’s agreement with Libya’s internationally recognized government, French President Emmanuel Macron started to feel uncomfortable with warlord Khalifa Haftar’s loss of power.

French diplomats resorted to a similar tactic as they did last year ahead of a NATO meeting in London for Syrian crisis, leaking the alliance's secret defense planning information to the press, aiming to put pressure on Turkey.

Similarly, in recent weeks, France leaked false information to the press claiming that the Turkish navy harassed a French warship in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey proved with solid evidence that the French allegations were unfounded, that the French warship was even provided with fuel by the Turkish side upon request.