The Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu wittily said his British counterpart Michael Fallon, who a few days earlier stated that the West does not want to “poke the bear paw in Libya”. According to Shoigu, “let each one understands their Affairs myself.” “MK” talked to an expert about which there are interests of Russia in Libya and why they do not suit the West.
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“If we continue the “animal” theme. Their coat of arms – a lion, was it? There’s an old proverb: all lions are cats but not all cats are lions. Let everyone understands his Affairs himself. And we do not think that their zoo has grown animal, which may indicate a bear,” said Sergei Shoigu, answering questions of students of the University.
Earlier during the Munich security conference, the British defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that the contacts with the commander of the national army of Libya Khalifa the Haftarot Moscow checks of NATO strength. “We do not want to bear popped to their feet,” said Fallon.
After the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in the civil war and foreign intervention in Libya actually formed a diarchy. UN supported the government in Tripoli, while the “rebellious” Parliament meets in Tobruk. The Libyan national army is on the side of Parliament and at the same time fighting with radical Islamist groups in the country. That is the theme of the fight against terrorism was discussed by Shoigu and the Haftarot during a videoconference in January, which was mentioned by the British Minister.
“Russia and Libya have long-standing historical ties from the Soviet era, when it was concluded a number of agreements on economic and military cooperation, – said in comments “MK” senior researcher at the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies, Institute of Oriental studies Boris Dolgov. These ties continued in the new Russia. Contracts were concluded in the oil and gas sector. But after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, Russian business suffered losses. Although Libya still is a struggle for power of different groups, it is actually a disintegrated state, the new Libyan authorities have demonstrated a willingness to cooperate with Russia, including in the military sphere.
The situation in Libya is the result of the actions of those who carried out leading countries of the NATO at the outbreak of the civil conflict in Libya. Therefore, the application of Fallon is utter nonsense. This reminds me of the adage “in the eye of another speck see in its logs do not notice”. A clear responsibility of the West for the collapse of Libya. And now his representatives are trying such expressions to define a policy of Russia in relation to Libya.
It is very important that after the fall of the Gaddafi regime considerable financial accounts, real estate, which previously belonged to the state, came under the control of Western financial and economic structures, that is, in fact, was annexed. And it is still ongoing”.