Russia Will Contribute to Settlement of Libyan Conflict

Moscow intends to contribute to the settlement of the conflict in Libya, Vladimir Fitin, Head of the Middle East Center at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS), said.

"The Russian authorities proceed from the fact that the conflict in Libya can be resolved only by political means. Moscow maintains relations with both Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar and the National Accord Government led by Fayez al-Sarraj and, according to available information, is even ready to arrange a meeting between these opposing parties in Russia to achieve a peaceful settlement in the country", the political expert said.

In his opinion, Russia's influence in the Middle East has increased significantly. Fitin pointed out that the successful Russian operation in Syria has led to radical changes in the situation in that country rather than just statements, like in many other cases with other countries.

At the same time, the analyst drew attention to the fact that attempts by some Western leaders to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Libyan crisis ended in failures.

"Italy, which primarily protects its interests and the Eni oil corporation working in southern Libya, was actively involved in them, along with France. However, President Emmanuel Macron's latest meetings in July were not very successful either. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, too, tried to hold negotiations, but their objective was ensuring the cordon for migrants rather than establishing peace in Libya. Having tried all these so-called mediators, Haftar turned to Russia", Fitin resumed.