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Russia defends the Libyan city of Sirte and builds a military air base near it

TRIPOLI, (BM) – Russia needs Jufra airbase near the Libyan city of Sirte to strengthen its position in the Mediterranean, publicists Mustafa Dalaa and Saeed Ibisioglu said in an article for Anadolu agency, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“The Russian side has views of this air base, trying to gain a foothold in northern Africa and gain access to the southern coast of the Mediterranean,” the authors write. According to them, allegedly there are 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 aircraft at the airport, as well as fighters of the Wagner PMC.

According to analysts, Russia in every way prevents the troops of the Government of National Accord (GNA) from occupying Sirte, which is controlled by the army of Khalifa Haftar.

The Jufra airbase is for Russia an analogue of the Khmeimim base in Syria. If the PNS forces cannot take Sirte, then Russia will create a naval base in it and will threaten the southern borders of NATO, the authors note.

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 Sarraj, 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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