Russian delegation postpones visit to Turkey amid clashes in Syria, Libya

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision was made following a phone call between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov
16:19, 15 June 2020

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu postponed a visit to Turkey due to the current political differences between the countries, Bloomberg reports.

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

It is worth noting that Turkey and Russia stand for opposing sides in the civil wars that are raging in Syria and Libya: Ankara is currently providing military and diplomatic support to Libya’s United Nations-recognized administration, Meanwhile, Russia backs rival militia commander Khalifa Haftar.

Related: Turkey continues to increase military presence in Syria

Speaking on the conflict in Syria, the Russian-backed government aims to retake Idlib from Islamist militants, while Turkey has vowed to never let that happen.

As we reported earlier, U.S. Africa Command observed the movement of Russian combat aircraft at Khmeymim Air Base in Syria.

It appears that the planes landed there before departing to Libya, where they could "support forces aligned with rogue Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, who has been fighting for years against the country's U.N.-recognized government". 

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

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