EU sanctions Turkish agency for violating Libya arms embargo

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The bloc’s Foreign Ministers on Monday agreed to impose focused sanctions on entities and people accountable for violating a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

In specific, the EU determined to impose a travel ban for 2 people, accountable for human rights abuses, together with an belongings freeze, which will even apply to 3 three firms, from Kazakhstan, Jordan and Turkey.

Concerning Turkey, the bloc included in its sanctions listing Avrasya Shipping, a maritime firm whose cargo vessel Cirkin has been linked to transports of army materials to Libya in May and June 2020.

EU’s move was slammed by Ankara, which denied the arms-trafficking declare, supporting that Cirkin was carrying humanitarian assist, and accused the bloc of making use of a double customary and a biased stance.

“Instead of taking a stand on the side of international legitimacy, it is evident that the EU insists on maintaining its double-standards as demonstrated with Operation Irini, which rewards the aggressor,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry mentioned in a press release late on Monday.

“Such an erroneous decision is highly unfortunate at a time when efforts are underway for de-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean,” the assertion provides.

Earlier in September, EU’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell had acknowledged the truth that that the Libya arms embargo is ineffective and that overseas fighters are nonetheless coming within the nation.

“From our side, we try to control the arms embargo as much as we can, but we are perfectly aware that the flow of arms continues reaching Libya and, as far as this continues, it is going to be quite difficult to stop the fighting,” Borrell mentioned on September 4, throughout a press assertion with Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, held in Cairo.

EU’s move adopted Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), throughout which, Europe’s FMs additionally mentioned the scenario in Belarus, however did not agree on sanctions in opposition to the nation, after Cyprus blocked the plan, over the bloc’s stance in opposition to Turkey’s actions within the Eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus refuses to signal the authorized textual content, except the EU offers the nod to impose sanctions on Turkey over its unlawful drillings in Greece’s and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).