Turkey claims that the German crew illegally searched their merchant ship because they rejected the threat of EU sanctions against Cyprus. Turkey protested against the incident in the Mediterranean on 22 November and demanded that the staff of the German frigate Hamburg, which was participating in the European Union mission to enforce the Libyan arms embargo, searched illegally for the cargo ship Rosaline-A bound for Libya. On Friday, Turkey also rejected the European Parliament’s call for sanctions against Ankara following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Turkey, a country separate from Turkey in northern Cyprus, calling the demand out of reality.
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