Contents tagged with Lybia

  • France sees no progress in relations with Russia

    France's attempts to build new relations with Russia and return it to the ranks of leading industrialized countries have not yet yielded results, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly.

    French President Emmanuel Macron believes that pushing Russia away is a "big strategic mistake" and wants to enlist Moscow's help in resolving various crises in the world, while reducing the level of mistrust between Russia, NATO and the EU.

    In September, Macron sent defense and foreign ministers to …

  • Three Russian mercenaries killed in airstrikes in Libya

    The forces of the Government of National Accord of Libya conducted several airstrikes during the fighting for the city of El Aziziain in Libya.

    Three Russian mercenaries and members of the Libyan National Army, commanded by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, were killed, reports The Libya Observer news agency. Details of the incident are not reported.

    In April, the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the beginning of an offensive operation on Tripoli. After several …

  • Libyan Marshal meets with Russian Defense Minister

    On Wednesday, November 7, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu met the commander of the Libyan National Army Marshal Khalifa Haftar in the ministry building in Moscow, reported Ria Novosti with reference to the Defense Ministry.

    The ministry reported that Lavrov and Haftar discussed security issues in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as problems related to the fight against terrorism and the reconciliation of the crisis in Libya.

    In October, The Sun reported that “a few dozen” …

  • Putin asked to intervene in the war in Libya

    Leaders of one of two main armed groups in Libya called on the Russian President, Vladimir Putin to intervene in the civil was in the country, reported Radio Liberty. 

    “Russia and Libya have long-term military relations. All arms of the current Libyan army are Russian. Our military doctrine has also eastern origin… Almost all Libyan officers were trained in Russia. We have military and technical cooperation contracts signed in the recent years which we tried to revive, however, we are …

  • Media: Russia intends to hold Libyan peace talks with Kadyrov’s involvement

    On September 13, Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq will travel to Russia to make preparations for peace talks in Libya, a source told Kommersant. The source clarified that Maiteeq’s trip will begin with a visit to Grozny, after which the Libyan guest will be received in Moscow, Russia’s RBC news agency reports.

    In the Chechen capital, Maiteeq will hold talks with Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen republic, and Lev Dengov, head of the Russian contact group on Libya. Dengov confirmed …

  • Pentagon and CIA refused to comment on the reports about the presence of Russian Special Forces near the Libyan border

    The U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency have refused to comment on reports regarding the presence of Russian Special Forces in Egypt, not far from the Libyan border. “You can report that the Central Intelligence Agency refuses to comment on this issue,” the CIA’s representative told Interfax on the 14th of March.

    The Pentagon also didn’t comment on this issue and advised reporters to request an explanation from Russian authorities. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of …

  • Media: Russian Special Forces arrived at the border with Libya

    Russian Special Forces have arrived at an airbase in western Egypt. According to Reuters, the special unit plans to intervene in the conflict in Libya. Servicemen, who are apparently members of a Russian special unit and new unmanned aerial vehicles, are stationed near Sidi Barrani, approximately 100 kilometers away from the border with Libya, Reuters reported citing diplomatic sources in the United States and Egypt.

    According to the Egyptian Security Services, a Russian unit of 22 servicemen …

  • Russia says it is not conducting negotiations on the establishment of military bases in Libya

    The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Ozerov, declared that Russia is not conducting negotiations with Libya on the establishment of military bases in its territory. This statement was made by Ozerov in response to reports by Western media outlets that Russia is planning to build two military bases in Libya. "There are no negotiations of that sort," RIA Novosti quoted Ozerov as saying.

    Earlier, the Swiss newspaper, Neu Zürcher Zeitung, reported that …

  • Moscow will consider potential requests for military assistance from Iraq and Libya

    On the 25th of October, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov stated that Russian leadership will seriously consider requests from Iraq and Libya—if they will be made—for the participation of the Russian Federation in military operations on their territory, Interfax reported.

    "We are asked by other countries too, by Iraqis and Libyans: ‘will you become involved in the fight against terrorists on our territory?’ We answer: ‘We have not received official requests from you yet. If they …

  • Russia receives request to begin military operations in Libya

    A commander of the armed forces loyal to the elected and internationally backed government of Libya, Khalifa Haftar, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin and Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu to supply weapons and conduct military operations in Libya, as reported on Wednesday, 28 September, by Izvestia, referring to a source close to diplomatic circles.

    The request was brought to Moscow via a special envoy sent by Libya's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Basset al-Badri. According to the …