Salamé for talks in Moscow as Russia mulls supporting UN ceasefire call – Al Marsad

Libya, 24 May 2019 – It is reported from Moscow that UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé will shortly visit for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the crisis in Libya. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters yesterday, Thursday, that the visit would probably be sometime at the beginning of June.

The news comes amid reports that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar may also go to Moscow for talks following his recent visits to Rome and Paris. Russian news agency Sputnik quoted a source at the Libyan National Army’s General Command saying that a visit was now likely. Interviewed by Sputnik about the possibility, the head of the House of Representative’s Defence and National Security Committee, Talal Almaihub, said that any such visit would inevitably focus on the need to confront terrorism and to take steps to prevent Turkey and Qatar supplying arms to Libya.

Meanwhile, Bogdanov was reported yesterday saying that Moscow was considering supporting a UN Security Council call for a ceasefire in Tripoli, if “proposals are acceptable”.

A Russian foreign ministry official at the same time also expressed Moscow’s deep diquiet over the fighting in Tripoli.

“The current situation in Libya is a matter of serious concern,” ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said yesterday, especially given the two sides’ continuing reliance on military solutions to resolve their differences. She expressed Russian concern at weapons being provided to both sides, “bypassing the UN embargo”.

Russia, she said, wanted to see a cessation of hostilities and the establishment of an inter-Libyan political process under the UN, adding that Moscow was ready “to continue to provide Libyans with the necessary assistance in interacting with all interested international parties”.

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