(DETAILED) Putin: Transferring mercenaries from Syria to Libya is dangerous

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that there are many mercenaries who were recently transferred from Syrian Idlib to Libya, stressing that the transfer of these mercenaries to Tripoli is a very dangerous matter.

In a press conference on Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow, Putin announced his country’s support for the upcoming Berlin conference on Libya under the auspices of the United Nations.

The Russian President described the German initiative on the Libyan crisis as very important, saying: “The comprehensive war has not yet begun in Libya, and our mission is to prevent an all-out conflict that leads to a catastrophe for the whole world with new waves of refugees, and affects the global economy. So we make joint efforts and among them is today’s meeting, where we discussed our common solutions to this crisis and support the German initiative of the Berlin Conference.

He added: “We must stop the armed conflict between the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, and the government of Fayez al-Sarraj, to resume the political process in order to overcome division within the country and unify Libyan institutions.”

In turn, the German Chancellor considered in the press conference that the Berlin conference will be an important opportunity for the Libyan parties to settle their crisis, noting that Germany does not intend to interfere in Libya, but the crisis must be resolved, she said.

Merkel revealed that there is agreement with the Russian side to hold the Berlin conference as soon as possible, noting that the most important thing in this matter is that the Libyans be really ready to talk.


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