“Our primary mission is to observe everything that is happening, to offer our leaders and the political authorities our own understanding of the situation”, declared the head of operations of the La Fayette group, Lieutenant Mathieu, quoted by the ‘Agence France-Presse (AFP).
However, a security source told the Hürriyet daily that there is no need for France to spend money and effort on La Fayette in the eastern Mediterranean as all Turkish ship activity is easily accessible online. .
“All information regarding the activity (of Turkish ships) is carried out in a transparent manner and is shared with all ships of friendly and allied nations. It is not necessary to monitor closely. Anyone can easily access the data on all vessels equipped with the Automatic Identification System (OTS) on the relevant websites and even on mobile phones, ”said the unidentified source.
Relations between NATO members had initially deteriorated due to the conflict in Libya, with the two countries supporting opposing sides. France has accused Turkish warships of aggressive behavior after its warship attempted to inspect a ship in June it suspected of violating a UN arms embargo on Libya, but Turkey has denied having harassed the Courbet.
The dispute between the two countries escalated further after France sent naval assets to the eastern Mediterranean to support Greek warships obscuring Turkish ships in disputed waters and anti-Muslim statements by French President Emmanuel Macron , which have been strongly criticized by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.