The EU has asked NATO for help with its naval mission enforcing an arms embargo on Libya, officials said Friday, after Turkey blocked it from inspecting a suspect vessel.
A senior EU official said the bloc had contacted NATO to see “how we can have arrangements” with the military alliance’s Operation Sea Guardian in the eastern Mediterranean.
The move comes after an incident on Wednesday when a Greek vessel with Operation Irini was prevented from inspecting a suspicious freighter by its Turkish military escort.
Operation Irini was set up to halt the flow of arms into Libya, where the UN-recognised and Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has faced a major uprising by the forces of Russian-backed strongman Khalifa Haftar. Läs artikel