France pulls out of NATO naval mission amid dispute with Turkey over Libya

France has temporarily pulled out of a NATO security operation amid a major row with Turkey.

The defense ministry said France had suspended its role in Operation Sea Guardian, accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya.

It comes weeks after Turkish ships allegedly targeted a French warship in the Mediterranean – something Ankara strongly denies.

The NATO allies are thought to support different sides in Libya’s civil war.


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