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Russia calls on U.S. to help reach ceasefire in Libya

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was stated by the country's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
18:46, 17 June 2020

Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov
TASS

Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow would welcome Washington's efforts to use its influence to help reach a ceasefire in Libya. It was reported by Reuters, citing the RIA news agency.

Since 2014, Libya has been the epicenter of an armed conflict between the internationally recognized government and military leader Khalifa Haftar.

As we reported earlier, the conflict in Libya urged Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to postpone their upcoming visit to Turkey.

Related: U.S. military says Russia’s Libya involvement has been unmasked

Turkey's Foreign Ministry stated that the meetings would take place “at a future date.” The Russian side, in its turn, said that two sides were “actively working to support a settlement in Libya.” 

However, conflict in Libya was not the only reason for the postponement.

Turkey and Russia stand for opposing sides in the civil war that is raging in Syria: the Russian-backed government aims to retake Idlib from Islamist militants, while Turkey has vowed to never let that happen.

Related: Russia on charges of issuing counterfeit currency for Libya: Fakes are not money, but US statements

 

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