Russia foiled terrorist attacks thanks to U.S.; Military support for general Haftar; Russia no trust in NATO

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Putin thanks Trump for tip Russia says foiled attacks

Russia said on Sunday it had thwarted terrorism attacks reportedly planned in St. Petersburg thanks to a tip from Washington, bringing personal thanks again from President Vladimir Putin to his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Russian news agencies cited the Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying that thanks to the information, two Russians were detained on Dec. 27 on suspicion of plotting attacks during New Year festivities in St. Petersburg.

The Kremlin said Putin passed on his gratitude to Trump during a phone call on Sunday for the tip from U.S. special services. It gave no more details.

Diplomatic ties between Washington and Moscow are fraught over disagreements from Ukraine to Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, but Trump and Putin have managed to keep personal lines open.

Two years ago, the Russian leader also phoned Trump to thank him for a tip that Russia said helped prevent a bomb attack on a cathedral in St Petersburg. Russia has repeatedly been the target of attacks by militant groups including Islamic State.

Sunday’s Kremlin statement said Putin and Trump agreed to continue bilateral cooperation to tackle terrorism.

Egyptian-Emirati military reinforcements for Haftar forces

Well-informed sources revealed that military reinforcements have arrived from Egypt and the UAE to the forces of the retired Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, who has been leading an army operation to storm the capital, Tripoli.

The sources confirmed the arrival of three Emirati military cargo planes to one of the airbases in eastern Libya, one of which was carrying militants coming from an Emirati naval base in the Horn of Africa.

Haftar’s forces have been using mercenaries from several countries, especially from Sudan, Chad and Russia, in their war to storm Tripoli.

Two other planes, which arrived through Egyptian airspace, were carrying a massive shipment of weapons and armoured vehicles, according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Lavrov: Russia no trust in NATO no-fly zone for Libya

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, expressed his country’s mistrust in the NATO’s commitment, according to agreements, to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, noting that this idea reminded him of the start of NATO’s invasion of the country (Libya).

Lavrov said during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Moscow today, Monday: “The idea of ​​declaring a no-fly zone over Libya is reminiscent of a bad incident … the NATO started bombing Libya after the UN Security Council decided to declare a no-fly zone over Libya, and the only jurisdiction approved by the Council was to order the concerned countries to secure the no-fly zone.”

Russian agency Sputnik quoted Lavrov saying at the press conference: “The colleagues from NATO have lost their credibility again as partners who can negotiate. Instead, they took advantage of the UN Security Council resolution to start bombing the Libyan territory.”

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