The meeting this Sunday, due to be held in Istanbul between the Foreign and Defence ministers of Russia and Turkey had to be postponed after it was so hit and surprise on the eve. The idea of conducting the meeting broke in the Kremlin with the intention to convince Ankara of the need to stop their offensive in Libya, and join the initiative of Egypt to relaunch the peace process.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had spoken by telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but something had to fail yesterday at the last moment because the four ministers did not come to be. The holders of Russian Foreign and Defense, Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigú, or even came to get on the plane to fly to Istanbul.
The foreign ministry of russia issued a statement via its website stating that “the jobs continue. The date of the meeting of the Foreign and Defence ministers of the two countries agreed in addition”. The Ministry of Foreign affairs Turkish reported in the same sense, noting that Lavrov and his colleague, Turkish, Mevlut Çavusoglu, is phoned.
And is that the cease-fire proposed by the egyptian president, Abdelfatah al Sisi, in the presence of the marshal Khalifa Haftar last June 6 to stop the fighting in Libya, an initiative supported by Russia, was rejected by Turkey. Çavusoglu, quoted by the agency, Turkish Anadolu, said last Wednesday that “call a truce just when Haftar begins to lose ground. This is neither convincing nor sincere. The efforts of a cease-fire in Cairo are born dead”.
That Saturday, Al-Sisi received to Haftar in the egyptian capital and after proposed through the television cameras to disarm the militias to end the conflict that faces the leading rebel military with the Government of National Unity (GNA) in Tripoli, led by Fayed al Serraj, recognized by the UN and backed militarily by Turkey. In fact the role of Ankara has turned this civil war and the Libyan National Army (LNA) Haftar is now suffered one defeat after another, losing constantly positions in Tripoli and in the east of the country, including the strategic city of Sirte.
In the opinion of the minister of Defense, Turkish, Hulusi Akar, “Haftar was not a force in itself but the tool of other forces”, in obvious allusion to Egypt, to Saudi Arabia and the united Arab Emirates, but, above all, to Russia, that aspires to regain the presence in the energy market libyan who lost with the fall and death of Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011.
Russia has deployed in Libya units, mercenary groups Wagner fighting hand to hand with the forces of Haftar, and have dropped in several times that you could send to your aid combat aircraft from their bases in the soil of sirius. But Moscow, which maintains a difficult balance with Ankara on Syria, is to prevent that the two countries end up openly clashing militarily in Libya. .