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Russia plans to set up two own military bases in Libya

Russia plans to set up two own military bases in Libya

Russia plans to create two military bases in Libya, confirmed the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, Fathi Bashag.

According to the minister, the GNA will be ready for political negotiations with the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar only after it takes these objects under its control.

So far, the future Russian military bases in Libya located in Sirte and al-Jufra, Bloomberg reports.

“We must interfere with Russia’s plans to establish bases in Sirte and Jufra,” said Bashaga.

Last week, the Egyptian president El-Sisi invited the political Libyan rivals for negotiations. Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation with El-Sisi approved the Egyptian peace initiative, which in fact is not respected, and reiterated the course towards the earliest possible launch of inter-Libyan negotiations under the auspices of the UN, the Kremlin press service said.

Egyptian peace initiative

On June 6, GNA forces began to strike at LNA positions in the Sirte area. The fighting continues despite the ceasefire announced by the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, which the head of state agreed to during talks with Haftar in Cairo on June 6.

The day before this connection, the LNA under pressure from a number of guarantor countries were allocated 60 km from Tripoli in exchange for the resumption of negotiations with representatives of both sides, but the dialogue was not started, and the LNA command said that they had been deceived.

As Haftar insists, 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

In fact, General 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 GNA.