Russian Ministers set to head to Turkey for crunch talks on Libya

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Ankara supports Fayez al Serraj’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). Moscow on the other hand, backs Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), with the two warring sides in the Civil War engaging in a new round of ceasefire talks. Turkey’s Ministry of External Affairs confirmed: “During the visit, delegations are expected to have consultations and discuss coordination on regional issues.” It is expected that military and security officials will join the Russian delegation.

TRT Haber, a Turkish state broadcaster suggested Syria will also be on the agenda.

The two nations back different sides in the Syrian civil war.

Russia backs Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Turkey backs opposition forces.

A ceasefire brokered by the two parties three months ago halted fighting in Idlib, but fighting flared up again this week.

US President Donald Trump recently called for Vladimir Putin to be invited to attend a rearranged G7 summit.

Russia was suspended from the G8 in Ukraine over the annexation of Crimea.

It is thought the calls were to help with discussions on Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was reported to have been in favour of the move previously.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was neutral but other leaders were said to be opposed.

The Libyan Civil War broke out in May 2014.

The eastern Cyrenaica region under the control of the Libyan House of Representatives and LNA.


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It is now based in Tobruk on the Mediterranean coast and near the Egyptian border.

The retreat to this city came after Islamists occupied Tripoli.

The GNA is largely based in the western Tripolitania region and took control of Tripoli in 2016.

Parts of the southwestern Fezzan region are held by both forces.

In May, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda raised concerns over potential war crimes.

In a statement on strikes in Tripoli, Ms Bensouda said: “Of particular concern to my Office are the high numbers of civilian casualties, largely reported to be resulting from airstrikes and shelling operations.”

Egyptian authorities have expressed concerns over the conflict spilling across its border.

Tunisia has at points deployed soldiers to guard its border with Libya.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune told reporters this week: “The solution in Libya is seen in our contribution with Egypt and Tunisia in order to reach an agreement on the crisis.”

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