Libya com­man­der Haf­tar vis­its Rus­sia

Cyprus Today - - WORLD -

RUS­SIA’S de­fence min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu met Libyan com­man­der Khal­ifa Haf­tar in Moscow on Wed­nes­day, Rus­sian me­dia re­ported, sig­nalling Krem­lin sup­port ahead of a con­fer­ence, that is to take place in Italy this week, aimed at set­tling the north African coun­try’s years of strife.

Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary has long shown back­ing for the pow­er­ful Libyan com­man­der, who dom­i­nates eastern Libya. He has vis­ited Rus­sia be­fore, and last year the Rus­sian de­fence min­istry hosted him aboard its sole air­craft car­rier.

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