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Shougu: UK must stop interfering in our relations with Haftar

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LIBYAPROSPECT – London

The Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shougu, has called the UK to put an end to its interference in its foreign policy amid concerns over Russia’s approach to the Libyan crisis and the commander of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR), General Khalifa Haftar.

The British Secretary of State for Defense, Michael Fallon, had come out and publicly criticized the talks hosted by Shougu and Haftar, he warned against Russian interference in the Libyan crisis. Shougu replied by saying that “we don’t need the bear sticking his paws in,” openly calling Fallon and the UK to stop getting involved.

Shougu stated in a speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, he asked that “what is on Britain’s coat of arms, a lion, isn’t it? There is an old saying: Every lion is a cat, but not every cat is a lion. Everyone should deal with their affairs.” He added that “we do not think that there is an animal in their zoo that can tell a bear what to do.”

The Defense Minister also vowed that Russia would continue developing its nuclear capability as a top priority, as well as continuing to expand their conventional missiles which act as a non-nuclear deterrent and continue to be tested in the Syrian civil war.