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Russian Ministers set to head to Turkey for crunch talks on Libya

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Ankara supports Fayez al Serraj’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). Moscow on the other hand, backs Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), with the two warring sides in the Civil War engaging in a new round of ceasefire talks. Turkey’s Ministry of External Affairs confirmed: “During the visit, delegations are expected to have consultations and discuss coordination on regional issues.” It is expected that military and security officials will join the Russian delegation.

TRT Haber, a Turkish state broadcaster suggested Syria will also be on the agenda.

The two nations back different sides in the Syrian civil war.

Russia backs Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Turkey backs opposition forces.

It is now based in Tobruk on the Mediterranean coast and near the Egyptian border.

The retreat to this city came after Islamists occupied Tripoli.

The GNA is largely based in the western Tripolitania region and took control of Tripoli in 2016.

Parts of the southwestern Fezzan region are held by both forces.

In May, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda raised concerns over potential war crimes.

In a statement on strikes in Tripoli, Ms Bensouda said: “Of particular concern to my Office are the high numbers of civilian casualties, largely reported to be resulting from airstrikes and shelling operations.”



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