The Turkish fleet simply closed the sky over Libya
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MOSCOW, (BM) – The intervention of Turkey in the civil war on the territory of Libya on the side of the Government of National Accord (GNA) allowed not only to stop the Libyan National Army (LNA) offensive in Tripoli, but also made Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar retreat.
In recent days, LNA units have suffered tangible losses in manpower and equipment. They lost a significant amount of air defense and Turkish drones now dominate the skies of Libya. Haftar even had to leave the strategically important Al-Vatiya airbase 140 km southwest of Tripoli and a number of other territories that had successfully defended for several weeks.
At the same time, off the coast of Libya, a whole combination of warships of the Turkish Navy was noticed. It was represented by four frigates of the Gabya (G-class) type – a modernized version of the American Oliver Hazard Perry (Turkey has 8 of them in all). As a result, two of them were identified – F497 Göksu and F496 Gökova.
One of the reasons for the failure of the LNA in recent years is precisely the presence of these Turkish frigates off the coast of Libya. The Turkish fleet simply closed the sky over Libya. After all, these frigates have a powerful air defense system, which neutralized the aircraft of the LNA.
Moreover, the LNA lacks effective means of anti-shipborne combat (coastal defense), which significantly worsens the situation of Haftar.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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