France-Turkey spat over Libya arms bares NATO’s limits

first_imgThe dispute has also revealed NATO’s limits when its allies are or are perceived to be on different sides of a conflict – in this case in Libya – especially when a major nuclear ally like France has lamented the “brain death” at the world’s biggest security organization due to a lack of American leadership. BRUSSELS – The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. AP PHOTO/MICHAEL SOHNcenter_img According to French accounts of the June 10 incident in the Mediterranean, the French frigate Courbet was illuminated by the targeting radar of a Turkish warship that was escorting a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship when the French vessel approached. (AP)last_img read more