Greek frigate shadows Turkish ship suspected of Libya weapons transfer

A Greek frigate participating in the European Union naval mission off the coast of Africa has been shadowing a Turkish vessel suspected of illegally carrying weapons to Libya, Greek Reporter said on Wednesday.

"According to Greek defence sources, the HS Spetsai, which is participating in “Operation Irini” together with other European Union vessels, sent out a signal to the Turkish vessel, which is accompanied by two Turkish frigates," it said.

Turkey backs the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord in its fight against the Libyan National Army.

Last year, the U.N. said Turkey, together with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, had regularly violated its arms embargo imposed on Libya since 2011.

The three countries "routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied weapons with little effort to disguise the source," the U.N. said.

Meanwhile, several reports revealed that Turkey has sent armed drones, Turkish-made firearms and ammunition, as well as hunting rifles to Libya.