Russian Foreign Ministry mediates civil war in Libya

15:30, 05 June 2020 85
Sergey Lavrov Photo: Sergey Lantyukhov/

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, received a delegation from the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) in Moscow.

GNA is an opponent of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, supported by Russia and controlling a greater part of the country.

The diplomatic mission stressed its intention to reduce the escalation in Tripoli through talks with both countries and 'external players.'

These are not appeals, but definite steps we are taking in this direction in contact with all Libyan parties, including Tripoli, country's east and all political powers, RIA Novosti reports, quoting a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.

According to the publication, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq, who visited the Russian capital, said he hoped for a truce 'thanks to the efforts of Russian diplomacy.'

The civil war in Libya has been going on since 2011, when NATO-supported protesters overthrew and killed the authoritarian ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Since 2014, the Libyan National Army, led by Marshal Haftar, subordinate to the alternative government of the country, has opposed the GNA, recognized by most states.

Active fighting outside Tripoli lasted for about a year. Haftar forces operate with the support of France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, while Turkey and Qatar assist the Government of National Accord. reported earlier that Moscow said there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya.