Ankara: A similar scenario may be used to put an end to the civil war and instability in Libya, as the one used by Ankara and Moscow in Syria.
After the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, two warring camps oppose each other, namely, the Government of National Accord with Fayez Sarraj in Tripoli, recognized by the UN and the temporary Cabinet of Ministers with Abdullah Abdurrahman Al-Thani, acting in the east as the parliament, against the so-called Libyan National Army of General Khalifa Haftar.
At the initial stage of the civil war, General Haftar’s detachments managed to encircle the Libyan capital Tripoli, but the Government of National Accord funded by Qatar formally appealed to Turkey for military assistance and the situation has changed.
The Government of National Accord succeeded and regained control of a number of the country’s most important facilities through the military assistance of the Turkish Armed Forces. The international observers stress that the Syrian pro-Turkish militants are fighting to support the Government of National Accord while “Russian mercenaries” or fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner Group are fighting to support General Haftar. Obviously, there is a big struggle for oil in Libya. The country has 2.8 percent of the world’s oil reserves, about 48.4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and ranks 10th in the world. The natural gas reserves reach 1.4 trillion cubic meters. Libyan crude is of very high quality with low sulfur content. The country’s proximity to the European market also makes Libya a very attractive and important oil producer.
The Turkish military contingent inflicted a heavy defeat on Haftar’s army, who himself is essentially a puppet in the hands of external players, in particular, Russia. The countries that support Haftar are now calling for the ceasefire. However, this military conflict is still far from over.
Several foreign countries are not interested in Ankara’s sole victory in the struggle for Libyan oil. So, Greece is trying to level Turkey’s success. The reason is Turkey’s attempt, together with Libya, to control the laying of pipelines from the Eastern Mediterranean.