The gap wasn’t so much as might become more apparent now when Turkey is turning its attention towards Libya and sidelining a superpower in the making.
Political analysts believe that the newly building bond between Ankara and Moscow may become strained over political rifts that are more obvious after Ankara has decided to sign two agreements over military cooperation with the legitimate government in Libya.
Even though a senior Turkish delegation has met with counterparts in Moscow, it is unlikely to avert the building resentment. Strangely, Moscow has given out a message of having intent to end the bloodshed situation in Libya. On the contrary, currently, it is Russian planes that have been reportedly instrumental in the bloodshed in Syria.
Russia has welcomed the approach by Ankara’s attempts to resolve the crisis in this North African country. However, according to statements made by the Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov Moscow hasn’t interested Russia in any interference in Libya’s internal affairs by an outsider.
Ironically, and as a retaliatory measure, the Haftar forces have employed a private Russian group of mercenaries under the banner of the Wagner group in Libya to support its forces. Currently, there are reported 2000 mercenaries in Libya. These claims have been denied by Moscow. Erdogan has criticized such presence by Moscow, stating that the group has no official permission by the legitimate government to enter Libya.
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