EU to Sanction 3 Companies Violating UN Arms Embargo on Libya

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The European Union is set to announce sanctions on Monday against three companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan. The businesses are accused of violating the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations on Libya, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The French news agency reported this news on Friday, citing two diplomats who requested anonymity. One of them described the sanctions as “modest but effective,” considering them to be a message.

Under the sanctions, those companies will be blacklisted and their assets in the European Union will be frozen. It is expected that the sanctions will be ratified at a meeting to be held by the foreign ministers of the EU countries next Monday in Brussels.

The European Union had launched Operation IRINI off the coast of Libya. The operation is tasked with implementing the arms embargo resolution and gathering intelligence information about the resolution’s violators.

The imposition of sanctions on a Turkish company would exacerbate the existing tension between Ankara and the European Union against the backdrop of escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over exploration and extraction of oil and gas in that region.