LIBYAPROSPECT – London
The Russian Aircraft Carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, arrives at the Libyan territorial waters, on Wednesday, to have a military meeting that gathers political and army commanders affiliated with the army of the House of Representatives (HoR) and a Russian military delegation.
One day earlier, different media sources confirmed the arrival of Russian military delegate to eastern Libya, on Tuesday, to meet Haftar.
The head of the HoR, Ageela Saleh, officially, invited Russian military commanders to visit Libya, to discuss the ways to support Haftar’s forces and the Russian military intervention in Libya.
LIBYAPROSPECT published an exclusive news uncovered the Russian communications with the HoR, demanding them to approve the Russian military intervention in Libya to support Haftar in his third years’ war inside Benghazi.
The overwhelming Russian desire to regain influence in the Mediterranean overpowered its foreign policies, in the wake of the European and American retreat in the region.
After Syria, all eyes are on Libya, as one Russian diplomatic conveyed “Russia’s intention to send military advisors and a frigate to the international waters between Egypt and Libya.”
A diplomatic source said that “Russians told their ally Haftar the frigate is about to reach the Libyan – Egyptian coasts within days. Egypt would have a role in coordinating the Libyan – Russian military cooperation. The Russians also committed to providing Haftar with weapons, send military advisors to the east, for the first time.”
Such actions go in line with that of the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, and Emirati leadership alliance in the east of Libya. The Libyan side prefers to keep such cooperation in secret for now, but previous incidents proved it hard to conceal the existence of foreign troops inside Libya.
The diplomatic source added that “among issues that Haftar and Russian agreed on was to reactivate the military contracts that signed under Gaddafi regime, which worth $5 billion.” Haftar and Russia were expected to meet before Mid-January to discuss such issues.