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Moscow will support Haftar

Commander of the Libyan National Army Marshal Khalifa Haftar has held negotiations in Moscow

Moscow will support Haftar

Some Russian news agencies have humbly reported about the negotiations citing their sources with the Russian Defense Ministry. The visit was brief and unofficial, which makes the negotiations even more significant and important. Noteworthy, that the Russian-Libyan talks were followed by a telephone conversation between the Russian and Turkish presidents.

Vladimir Putin's conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan took place at the Russian initiative and it seems that it dealt with important secret topics on the bilateral agenda. Surely, the negotiations with Haftar and Erdogan centered primarily on Turkey's involvement in shipping arms and military equipment to illegal Islamic armed groups in Libya and Syria.

According to Asharq al-Awsat, a C-130 Hercules of Turkey's military transport aviation landed at the Misrata airport bringing a large group of Turkish officers who would serve as advisors and trainers in the ranks of the Government of National Accord of Fayez al-Sarraj.

A day before the aircraft landed, an An-124 Mriya aircraft of a Ukrainian airline had shipped a large batch of unmanned aerial vehicles from Turkey to Misrata. Two drones were assembled right at the airport and one of them was armed and launched.

On May 20, a Moldovan-flagged cargo vessel delivered a large batch of arms and military equipment from Turkey's Samsun to Libya's Tripoli. The batch included several dozen Turkish-made armored vehicles, multiple rocket launchers, a large number of portable anti-tank systems Kornet and TOW developed in Russia and the USA and other military equipment.

Military deliveries to any side of the Libyan conflict are banned by several UN Security Council resolutions. The main suppliers of arms and equipment to Islamic units of al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord are Turkey, Qatar and several other Arab countries. These units mainly consist of members of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization (banned in Russia).

Moreover, several thousand foreign mercenaries coming from Arab and other Muslim countries are fighting in Tripoli on the side of the Government of National Accord and are on standby in Misrata. When the body of one of the foreigners killed in Tripoli was searched, a mobile phone with a video briefing by a Turkish officer about how to use armored vehicles taken from Samsun to Tripoli was found at him.

Several militants were captured in the recent fighting in the Libyan capital. They confirmed that the Turkish General Staff and military intelligence officers are active in the command of Fayez al-Sarraj's armed units.

At the recent negations in Rome and Paris Marshal Khalifa Haftar sought the assistance of the leadership of Italy and France in implementing UN decisions banning foreign interference in Libya's domestic political conflict. To a greater extent this applies to Turkey, whose government is not hiding that it helps the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya militarily and financially.

Apparently, Haftar asked the Russian leadership at the talks in Moscow to influence Erdogan so that he stopped providing military assistance to Fayez al-Sarraj, who in fact lost control over once loyal units of Islamic radicals that turned into uncontrolled armed units of marauders and killers of civilians.

Such actions of the Turkish leadership make Russia very much concerned in terms of Syria as well. There is no doubt that this topic, which is very important for Moscow, was touched upon in the telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan on May 29, 2019.

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