Published: January 14, 2020
Talks in Moscow about bringing an end to Libya's long-running civil war failed to reach a solution Monday and have been adjourned for the night. At the meeting, Libya's rival governments considered a draft document spelling out details of a truce proposed jointly by Russia and Turkey that began Sunday.
Russia has maintained contacts with both conflicting parties in Libya, but the government in Tripoli has recently charged that Russian military contractors were fighting alongside Haftar.
Putin noted that mercenaries were sent to Libya from Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib alongside Turkey's border, voicing hope that a lasting truce will help end the deployment of foreign fighters to Libya.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that his country was sending military personnel to Libya to support Sarraj's government.
Putin discussed the situation in Libya with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Moscow Saturday. The Russian leader welcomed Germany's plan to hold a Libya peace summit in Berlin early this year.