Libya strongman says Russia 'to fight arms embargo'

Asked whether he was promised arms during a recent visit to Russia, Haftar said Moscow had told him weapons "can arrive only once the (UN) embargo ends".

Libya strongman says Russia 'to fight arms embargo'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia will seek to end an arms embargo against Libya and could supply weapons to Khalifa Haftar, whose forces support a rival administration to the UN-backed unity government, the military strongman said Tuesday.

But he was assured that "Putin will undertake to revoke it," he said in the interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera.

The Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, is recognised by the international community. 

But Haftar, the controversial head of the so-called Libyan National Army, supports a parallel authority, based in eastern Libya near the border with Egypt, that controls much of the country's oil production.

The bitter divisions in the country are matched by those among the powers pushing for democracy in the conflict-torn country.

Western supporters of the GNA have prioritised the fight against Islamic State jihadists and controlling migration flows from Libya towards Europe.

But another group including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia see Haftar's forces as the nucleus of a future military, and are suspicious of the Islamist clout in Tripoli.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ocak 2017, 17:10