Russia Condemns NATO Intervention in Libya as Serraj Expected in Moscow
With the prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Serraj, expected to visit Moscow imminently for discussions about the regionally-brokered amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), Newsweek reports that the Kremlin has reinvigorated its criticism of the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov is quoted as saying:
“Russia is interested in Libya finally becoming a working state after this barbaric intervention that was conducted from outside, that led to catastrophic consequences from the point of view of the Libyan state and the future of the Libyan people,” Peskov said. “That is why we are interested in the swift development of a durable power in Libya that can begin the process of restoring and recreating the state.”
Peskov said Putin himself is currently not planning any meeting with Sarraj. The Kremlin has let the ministries of defense and foreign affairs negotiate with Libyan factions, including Haftar’s during his last visit to Moscow in November.
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