Khalifa Haftar meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow
Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed forces associated with the eastern-based House of Representatives(HoR) government met Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
|Haftar said that he sought Russian help in his fight against Islamist militants in Libya. Haftar was visiting Moscow for the second time since this summer. He had visited in September and asked for military support. There is a UN ban on arms shipments to Libya. The HoR government is a rival to the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA). Any exception granted to the arms embargo would be granted only to approved units associated with the GNA rather than Haftar's LNA. A number of countries are supportive of Haftar including Egypt, the UAE and Russia as well it would seem. French special forces have also helped Haftar.|