Russian support has apparently failed so far to prevent the collapse of the Haftar militia in the western region, after the successive victories of the army forces, the most prominent of which was the liberation of the ALwittia airbase.
Moscow did not skimp on Haftar with military support, so it supported him with logistical equipment, armored vehicles, air defense and jamming systems, but rather sent mercenaries from the “Wagner” company to fight in its ranks, an estimated number of 1,200 mercenaries, while recruiting Syrian youth in support of him.
Russia is still doing its best to try to save Haftar’s chances of survival in the political scene, as evidenced by the recent Russian call for a cease-fire and a return to the negotiating table, which may have prompted Haftar to withdraw from the axes of Tripoli for fear of an overwhelming defeat that would make him lose any negotiating position. In the future.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of the political process under the auspices of the United Nations with the obligatory participation of the Libyan parties to resolve the crisis on the basis of the outcome of the Berlin Conference approved by the UN Security Council.
This came during a telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüd Çavişoglu, during which they discussed the situation in Libya; As a complement to the phone conversation between Russian President “Vladimir Putin” and Turkish President “Rejep Tayyip Erdogan” in this regard, according to the agency “Sputnik” Russian.
Before that, the head of the Tobruk Council of Aqeela Saleh, in a social session, exposed the Russian goal of supporting the political solution, saying that Moscow asked him to present a political initiative to save the collapsed Haftar militias in the west of the country; Because it will not be able to continue to resist the Libyan army forces.
And Saleh indicated that the militias of Haftar have become exhausted, and they are close to defeat, especially after the army received the necessary support from Turkey.
But it seems that Russia wanted its call for a ceasefire to buy more time. Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga revealed that Russia had sent at least 8 fighters to Haftar militias in the eastern region from Hmeimim base in Syria.
Bashaga added, in a statement to the American “Bloomberg” agency, that among the 6 “Mig-29” fighters and two “Su-24” fighters, some of them dateded back to the Soviet era, according to the “Anatolia” agency.
The British newspaper “Financial Times” also quoted Western diplomats as saying that the United Nations is investigating Russia sending 8 warplanes to Libya to support the Haftar militias.