Russia was asked to play a more active role in the conflict in Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Libyan tribes want Russia to play a more important role in resolving the crisis in the country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the vice-chairman of the supreme council of the sheikhs and elders of the tribes of Libya, as-Senusi al-Khalik statement.
According to him, the position of the Russian Federation on resolving the conflict is strong and meets the national interests of the residents of Libya. He called the Russians strong allies with great experience. Al-Khalik also noted that most of the weapons in Libya are specifically Russian or Soviet-made.
Earlier, the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and Elders of the Libyan Tribes wanted to open a bank account in Russia to distribute profits from the sale of oil to all residents of the country. The money will go to the development of the healthcare system, education and infrastructure in the state.
A confrontation continues between the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the west of the country and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE – the latter, according to some reports, supplied the army with equipment, including equipment acquired from Russia.
The roles of Russia and Turkey in Libya
Turkey has focused on helping the legitimacy of the Western government in Tripoli. So far, there has been no direct involvement of Turkish troops, but Ankara is paying mercenaries from Syria and Libya to fight.
The West accuses Turkey of using underage Syrian youth as part of its mercenary army.
At the same time, Russia prefers to supply military equipment to Haftar’s forces. It’s almost no fault of a week without a Russian cargo plane landing in Libya laden with equipment.
For example, on June 26 according to representatives of the GNA, 11 Russian-made military transport aircraft such as An and Il made a landing at Al-Girdabiye airbase near the city of Sirte. It is also reported on the transfer there of mercenaries from Syria, as well as six complexes “Pantsir-S1”.
Russia has also been accused of fueling the conflict and the Libyan civil war through the private company Wagner, which has military equipment and two MiG-29 fighters based in Libya.
Macron rejected claims that France was involved in the war
France does not support the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar in Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said on June 29 at a press conference in a suburb of Berlin after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He assured the audience that France, together with Germany, was working on a political settlement of the conflict in Libya, and the military operation launched by Haftar in April 2019 completely contradicted the position of Paris.
“The conflict between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the LNA has caused a flow of migrants to Italy, but also to other countries,” Macron said.
The French president also blamed Turkey and Russia for what is happening in Libya. He said that he was discussing the situation in Libya with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Macron, the Turkish Republic ignores the agreements reached earlier this year during the Berlin conference. Ankara “is increasing its military presence and is transferring militants from Syria to Libya,” he recalled.
Turkey’s position, by interfering in the affairs of Libya with a violating NATO member, “is unacceptable because it poses a threat to peace for Africa, but also for Europe,” Macron added.
The participation of Egypt
Any possible direct intervention in Libya by Egypt will have a legitimate status. This was stated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi while visiting a military base in Sidi Barrani near the Libyan border on June 21.
“Any direct intervention by the Egyptian state has now gained international legitimacy,” said al-Sisi. According to him, this right is based on the need to protect the borders of Egypt from terrorist groups, put an end to bloodshed in Libya and support efforts to launch a political process there under the auspices of the UN.
Al-Sisi added that Cairo will not allow the Libyan Government’s National Accord (GNA) forces to take the city of Sirte and the municipality of Al Jufra, which are under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the president, this will become a “red line”, which Egypt will not allow to cross.
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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