Russia’s Growing Interests in Libya
- Anna Borshchevskaya
- Content Type
- Policy Brief
- The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
- As in other conflict zones, Moscow cares little about reaching a peace deal so long as it can outmaneuver the
West strategically while securing port and energy access—with private contractors playing an increasingly
The Kremlin is now openly treating Libya as another focal point of its Middle East activities. After years of U.S.
neglect, the country has turned into a proxy war playground, and President Vladimir Putin is vying to become the
chief power broker. Earlier this month, he tried (but failed) to get Khalifa Haftar to sign a ceasefire agreement in
Moscow with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
Putin also participated in the January 19 Berlin conference aimed at getting the parties back on the path toward a
political solution. And though the prospects for such a deal remain uncertain, Moscow’s involvement in Libya will
continue either way.
- Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy, Civil War, Geopolitics, Negotiation, Peace
- Political Geography
- Russia, Middle East, Libya, North Africa