Turkey, Russian diplomats to hold Libya talks in Moscow soon – report

Turkish and Russian diplomats will hold meetings on Libya in Moscow soon, said Alaexey Zaytsev, deputy spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The talks would focus on “different aspects of the Libyan crisis,” Zaytsev said on Thursday, according to Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah.

Turkey and Russia are on opposing sides of the conflict in Libya. Turkey backs the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, while Russia supports General Khalifa Haftar, who leads the opposition Libyan National Army (LNA).

Ankara and Tripoli say the LNA must withdraw from the Mediterranean city of Sirte and the Jufra airbase, a key military installation protecting Libya’s oil reserves, before ceasefire talks can begin. Haftar has rejected the demand.

Turkey and Russia will discuss the disposition of the warring sides at the moment of the ceasefire declaration, Zaytsev said, according to Daily Sabah.

The two governments held previous rounds of consultations on Libya in Istanbul in June and in Turkey’s capital Ankara in July.