Russia and Turkey decide to negotiate peace in Libya

MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia and Turkey decided to agree on peace in Libya. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told RIA Novosti about the progress in establishing a ceasefire in this country, learned

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“This should be realized only in one way – to immediately cease hostilities and stop attempts to advance one’s and the other’s armed forces,” said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

He added that the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is ready to sign a ceasefire, while the authorities of the Government of National Accord (GNA) refuse to do so. Lavrov noted participation in the dialogue of Turkey, which is working with the GNA.

It was previously reported that al-Vatiya airbase in northwestern Libya was attacked by modern military aircraft, which are not in the arsenal of the head of the LNA Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his supporters. On this basis, the Libyan government accused unnamed foreign states of the attack.

Prior to this, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called Haftar a coup piracy and refused to support the Cairo Declaration of Armistice. Its conditions included a ceasefire throughout the country, equal representation of all parts of the country in political bodies – Tripolitania, Fezzana and Cyrenaica [LNA and GNA control different regions of Libya], and the adoption of a constitutional declaration.

In 2011, a civil war broke out in Libya, during which Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country since 1969, was overthrown and killed. At present, there is a situation of dual power in Libya: in the east in the city of Tobruk there is a parliament led by field marshal Khalifa Haftar, in the west in Tripoli – a government of national accord. At the same time, the PNS is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.

UAE attacked Turkish air defense systems located at Libyan al-Watiya air base

As we reported yesterday [July 8 – ed.] last weekend at the Libyan air base al-Watiya, located 140 kilometers from Tripoli, were destroyed three Turkish anti-aircraft missile systems MIM-23 Hawk and electronic warfare and radar systems of Ukrainian production.

The facility is in the occupation of the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya. According to media reports, the Mirage 2000-9 fighter of the United Arab Emirates Air Force fighter attack, which took off from Egypt, presumably from the Sidi-Barani air base.

The representative of the operation “Volcano of Wrath” of the Libyan GNA Abdulmalik al-Medeni confirmed that French-made fighters are in service with the UAE Air Force. Mirage 2000-9 are equipped with air-to-ground missiles.

Then, a local source pointed out that “unknown aircraft bombed sites near the al-Watiya military base in the western part of the country with a continued flight over the western mountains.”

“The residents of the city of Al-Rajban and its environs have heard the sound of explosions and flights flying near the al-Watiya military base” the source also noted.

Parallel to this event, Field Marshal of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar went to the capital of the UAE Abu Dhabi.

On Twitter published a map of the movement of his plane. There is no point in saying that the attack was made by aircraft from the LNA fleet.

Training aircraft L-39 of the time of Czechoslovakia are not related to the events that occurred from July 4 to 5. Their technical characteristics would not allow for point impacts at night, being outside the Turkish radars.

According to an expert from the UAE, Abdulkhalik Abdullah, with his strike Abu Dhabi “taught a lesson” to Ankara, which is illegally in the Libyan capital and supports GNA troops. He wrote about this in social networks, but soon deleted his post.

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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