Russian President says Libya needs a ceasefire

Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony at the Kremlin for soldiers returning from Syria. Photograph: Reuters

The Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking Thursday at a news conference in Rome after holding talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, said Moscow wants Libya’s warring sides to agree a ceasefire, to hold talks, and to enter into a proper political process to sort out the country’s problems.

Putin also said he was worried that militants were flowing into Libya from Syria’s Idlib province.

The Russian president indicated that Libya is in a very critical stage and warned that the Libyan situation was deteriorating.

Russia has been supporting both the GNA and Khalifa Haftar in different ways, with Haftar visiting Moscow more than once for talks on military backup.

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