Macron slams Turkey’s ‘criminal’ position in Libya, Putin’s ambivalence

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French President Emmanuel Macron has accused Turkey of bearing “criminal responsibility” for the state of affairs in Libya, and slammed Russia’s ambivalence on the Kremlin mercenaries within the North African nation.

“I think it’s a historic and criminal responsibility for a country which claims to be a NATO member,” Macron mentioned throughout a joint press convention with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, in accordance with Reuters.

Without presenting any proof on the character of the fighters, the French President mentioned Turkey was “massively importing” jihadists from Syria. France has continuously reiterated its place that it’s not taking sides in Libya, saying, nonetheless, that Turkey endangered European safety by sending Syrian fighters to Libya.

Tensions between Paris and Ankara have been on the rise, with the Turkish Foreign Ministry earlier in June, accusing France of deepening the disaster in Libya by supporting the General Khalifa Haftar in opposition to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Turkey backs the Tripoli-based GNA led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, with whom the nation signed in 2019 two agreements on safety and army cooperation and restriction of marine jurisdictions.

Ankara’s accusations got here a number of days after France known as for talks amongst NATO allies on what it described as Turkey’s more and more “aggressive” position in Libya, which was thwarting efforts to safe a cease-fire.

Libya has been torn by battle since 2011, when the NATO-backed rebellion overthrown the longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi. In the war-torn nation, the internationally-recognised GNA is clashing with the forces of Libya’s National Army (LNA) below the command of General Khalifa Haftar.

Macron additionally reportedly spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 27, with out nonetheless denouncing the nation’s actions in Libya. The two leaders agreed, as an alternative, to work in direction of a typical purpose of a ceasefire, with Putin supporting that personal contractors in Libya didn’t characterize Russia.

“I told him of my very clear condemnation of the actions which are carried out by the Wagner force… he plays on this ambivalence,” Macron mentioned on Monday. 

Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Taher el-Sonni has urged the EU and US to impose sanctions on Kremlin mercenaries, after Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) mentioned that members of the Wagner Group compelled their approach into El-Sharara oilfield to halt oil exports.