Turkey insists on France’s apologies for naval impasse

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish Defense Minister said his country is still awaiting an apology from France, a NATO ally, for a naval stalemate in the Mediterranean Sea which prompted Paris to suspend participation in a NATO naval operation. The minister also said on Friday that France had not submitted technical data to NATO in support of accusations that the French frigate Courbet was illuminated on June 10 by the targeting radar of a Turkish war which was escorting a cargo suspected of being involved in arms trafficking. in Libya. The minister’s comments came days after White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the United States was “very sympathetic” to France in the dispute with Turkey.

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