Why Moscow wants to suggest to the world that it holds the keys to peace in Libya
“We have to be very careful with Mr Putin. He projects in Libya his ambitions for the entire Middle East. He wants to become a major player in the Arab world, including North Africa, although he will have to balance Turkey’s interests in Libya and Turkish concerns. in relation to Syria.”, George Jofe, a professor at Cambridge University, commented on the BNR.
Only a few months ago, Moscow’s intentions to support UN peacekeeping efforts in Libya by UN Special Envoy Gassan Salame, creating the framework conditions for a UN-mediated inter-Libyan political process, would prove to be another manipulation of the ruling ones in Russia.
“We are increasingly convinced that Putin is sending a warning signal to European forces - in the absence of the United States in resolving the conflict in Libya, Russia’s interests are already dominant in the Mediterranean. The Kremlin is determined to make the whole world understand this. Moreover, we are already witnessing a shift in the center of gravity in the decision-making process for the crisis in Libya - from Brussels and Washington it is increasingly moving to Moscow, warns Professor George Joffe.