Russia pushes for diplomatic process in Libya after Haftar coup

According to what said by the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday, the only way to resolve the conflict in Libya is a political and diplomatic process that might arrest the dangerous escalation started last Monday, when the military leader Khalifa Haftar moved to take the control of the country.

Haftar announced that his Libyan National Army (LNA) was accepting a “popular mandate” to govern the country, without any mention to the civilian authorities who used to rule the eastern part of the country.

โ€œRussia remains in contact with all participants in the Libyan process. We believe that there are no other ways to resolve the Libyan problemโ€, added Peskov. According to the state news agency RIA – which cited a foreign ministry source – the Monday’s power grab by Haftar as been described by Russia as “surprising.”

General Khalefa Haftar (Photo by Magharebia – CC BY 2.0)

The division in Libya is between the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) – based in Tripoli and the northwest (and backed by Turkey) – and territory held by Haftar in Bengazi, supported by Russia, UAE and Egypt.

Despite the calls from UN and aid agencies, this month the conflict has strongly risen, with fighting on more fronts in the west of the country.

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