Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar during a reception ceremony upon arrival at a Moscow military airfield on September 26, 2023 [AFP]
Russia is moving to expand its military presence in eastern Libya, a plan that could lead to a naval base, giving it a significant foothold on Europe’s southern doorstep.
A defense accord is being hammered out between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Libya’s eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar following their meeting in Moscow in late September, according to people briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive issues.
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Update #2: Russia plans to build a military base in Libya (RBC Ukraine)
WNU Editor: Russia has been cultivating close ties with Libyan leader Khalifa Haftar for years …. Russia woos Haftar, but can the Derna floods give Libyans another chance? (France 24). More here …. East Libya commander Haftar in Moscow for talks with Putin (Al Jazeera).