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Turkish FM lambastes France’s ‘dishonesty’ in Libya, claims it strives to extend Russia’s affect there

Turkish FM lambastes France’s ‘dishonesty’ in Libya, claims it strives to increase Russia’s influence there

Turkey has slammed France’s “dishonest method” to the Libyan battle and accused it of in search of to extend Russia’s function there, after Macron claimed Ankara’s actions posed a “menace to Africa and Europe.”

Turkey’s harsh phrases are available response to the French president accusing it of “legal duty” over its involvement within the battle. 

Many EU member states are “uncomfortable” with France’s actions, however they don’t converse up since they’re afraid of dropping European funding after the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed on Tuesday. 

“Does France act actually? No,” he mentioned. “NATO sees Russia as a menace. However France is making an attempt to extend Russia’s affect.” 

He clarified that Ankara is “working with the Russians for a ceasefire,” whereas France led by Macron makes use of a “colonialist method” in Libya, identical to it did again in 2011, when Paris “bombed and left.” 

“Who does France assist? It helps the putschist and the pirates. France doesn’t act actually, saying that it didn’t give Hafter a gun,” Cavusoglu added. 

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Russia has been accused a number of occasions of backing Libyan Nationwide Military commander Normal Khalifa Haftar as nicely. Russian FM Sergey Lavrov clarified final yr that Moscow helps “all Libyan political forces in order that they agree amongst themselves and in order that nobody imposes something on them.”

Lavrov careworn in February that Russia and different exterior gamers are attempting to assist “Libyans rebuild what has been destroyed by means of essentially the most blatant breach of UN Constitution rules.” He added that Russia doesn’t see Haftar’s forces as an emblem of separatism, since Haftar heads one of many events of the battle, and that was acknowledged by the UN.

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