Tag Archives | Hiftar

Serraj: Russia a possible Intermediary with Haftar

By John Lee. The head of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli said on Sunday he would like Russia to help overcome deadlock in the country. Fayez Serraj told Reuters that Moscow might act as an intermediary between him and the eastern-based Khalifa Haftar, who was recently a guest on the Russian […]

NOC Chairman: Oil Production to reach 2.5m bpd by 2020

By Adam Nathan. Mustafa Sanalla, the colourful chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), has revealed ambitious plans to increase Libya’s oil production to 2.5 million barrels of oil a day by 2020. Sanalla, also revealed plans to expand Libya’s refining capacity to 1 million barrels of oil a day and gas production to 1.3 […]

Eastern NOC Claims Oil Deals with Russia, China

By John Lee. The head the eastern-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) has claimed that his office has signed 29 contracts independently of the Tripoli-based organisation. Naji al-Maghrabi told Reuters that recent contracts included deals with major states such as Russia and China. Russia is reported to be planning to arm eastern-based strongman General Khalifa Haftar […]

Russians to arm Haftar, in Challenge to West

By John Lee. Russia is reportedly planning to arm the eastern-based General Khalifa Hiftar [Haftar], who has been fighting the western-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. According to The Times, Hafter held high-level talks last week aboard the Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov (pictured), in the Mediterranean. In the past seven months he […]

Is ‘Grand Political Bargain’ in Store for Libya?

By Jason Pack for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In Libya’s ever-shifting sands, where conspiracy and disinformation overlay a reality shaped by fluid political alliances, erratic military maneuvers and a crumbling economy, it can be challenging to paint an accurate […]

Hifter in Moscow: Russia’s Shifting Interests in Libya

By Yury Barmin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. The image of Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter sporting a Russian ushanka hat as he left the building of the Russian Foreign Ministry on his recent visit to Moscow invokes memories of Cold […]

Trump Victory to Boost Haftar?

By John Lee. A report from Reuters says that allies of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar have welcomed Donald Trump’s victory in the American election, “betting on more support for their anti-Islamist stance.” It suggests that the result could boost pro-Haftar factions with strong ties to Egypt and increasingly to Russia — which printed banknotes for Tobruk’s […]