Lavrov: Russia and Turkey will continue their efforts to solve the Libyan crisis


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the meetings of the Libyan parties in Moscow did not result in a final agreement, stressing that his country and Turkey will continue their efforts to resolve the crisis in this Arab country.

This came at a joint press conference of the Russian Foreign Minister with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Tuesday.

Lavrov said that the Libyan talks in Moscow, Monday, “ended without a final settlement agreement, and that” Russia and Turkey will continue their efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.

He added: “I think the Libyan people will lose if Libya becomes a second Syria. Unfortunately, until now, there is no country in Libya.”

Lavrov also urged all parties to the Libyan conflict to take responsibility for the fate of their country.

He blamed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for what Libya is witnessing, saying: “NATO destroyed the Libyan state in 2011, and we are still suffering from this illegal adventure until now.”

Earlier today, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced, through a statement, that retired Major General Khalifa Haftar left the capital Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement, as quoted by “Russia Today” channel.

The Libyan “218” channel loyal to Haftar, on its website, without indicating the source of its information, stated that during the negotiations in Moscow, which took place through separate meetings of the Libyan parties, the Prime Minister of the National Accord, Faiz al-Sarraj, requested the return of Haftar’s forces to their positions prior to the date of 4 April 2019, the day the latter began its attack on the capital, Tripoli.

She added that the government delegation affiliated to Haftar rejected Al-Sarraj’s request, while the Russian side pressed heavily on the Libyan parties to sign the agreement.

Forces loyal to Haftar have been waging a military operation for months since they took control of Tripoli, the headquarters of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government.

A truce between the two sides began at midnight on Sunday, but each side accused the other of breaching it. Al-Sarraj and Haftar were supposed to sign the terms of the ceasefire agreement in Moscow.


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