EU to announce sanctions for embargo violations in Libya

A Turkish company is among those to face sanctions by the European Union for breaking the United Nations arms embargo on Libya, AFP reported on Friday.

The sanctions will affect two more companies from Jordan and Kazakhstan, as well as two from Libya. All five companies are also expected to be blacklisted and have their EU assets frozen in measures to be announced following a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday, AFP said.

"The sanctions are modest but significant. It's a signal," AFP cited unnamed EU diplomats as saying.

The penalty risks further exacerbating tensions between Turkey and the EU in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey is a key supporter of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli and has repeatedly criticised Operation Irin, the EU naval mission tasked with enforcing the arms embargo.

A U.N. report published in December identified Turkey, along with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, as the most prolific violators of the embargo that has been in place since 2011.

Foreign weapons and military equipment posed a significant threat to Libya’s stability and security, the report said.