Nine years after the US regime helped bomb what was once the wealthiest African nation back to the Stone Age, the Tripoli-based UN backed government says it would welcome American troops on Libyan soil – to fight against growing Russian influence.

In the wake of plans voiced by US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to scale back America’s military presence in the region and re-focus its forces globally towards confronting adversaries such as Russia and China.

The interior minister for the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha claimed that the Russians have a big strategy in Libya and Africa, emphasizing Libya’s strategic significance if Washington really is worried about Moscow’s push for global influence.

Earlier this week, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, to discuss the situation in Libya, stressing the need to fulfill the decisions made at the Berlin conference, and confirming the commitment to Libya’s independence, unity, and territorial integrity.

Libya was thrown into chaos in 2011, when a revolt – backed by a NATO bombing campaign – led to the overthrow and brutal assassination of long-time leader Muammar Ghaddafi, and turned the once prosperous North African state into a battlefield divided up by various Western militant factions and General Khalifa.

Over the past few years, Haftar’s forces have taken control of most of Libya, apart from the capital, Tripoli. With Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli stalled but still underway, the GNA and LNA finally entered into indirect talks in Moscow in January.

This led to the implementation of a ceasefire which still largely holds in Libya, and paved the way for several other meetings between the sides.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

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