Head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar visited Moscow where he and other representatives of the LNA military delegation met with top Russian military leadership, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
According to an official statement by the LNA, the sides discussed the situation in Libya, including ways to solve the conflict and combating the terrorism. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed this in its own statement:
“On Wednesday, November 7, the Russian Defense Ministry hosted a meeting between Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu and Libyan National Army Head Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, The parties discussed security issues, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the fight against international terrorism and ways to resolve the Libyan crisis.”
Haftar’s visit to Moscow followed a series of wild speculations by the mainstream media that Russia is going to intervene in the Libyan conflict in order to support the LNA. While a full-scale Russian military operation in Libya is highly unlikely, Moscow contributes diplomatic efforts to support the LNA actions to stabelize the situation in the country.