Haftar has not signed a settlement agreement
The Russian Foreign Ministry has assured that the work aimed to resolve the situation in Libya together with the parties of the conflict is still continuing. The Russian Foreign Ministry also confirmed that the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement. The ‘Al Arabiya’ TV channel reported that Khalifa Haftar won’t sign a ceasefire agreement with the forces of the Government of National Consent, headed by Fayez Sarraj, until all the necessary amendments are made to the agreement. The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that before signing the document — Haftar took two days to discuss the agreements, reached in Moscow, with the leaders of the tribes that support the Libyan National Army. The delegation of the Government of National Consent of Libya, led by Fayez Sarraj, left Moscow after signing the agreement. They are currently in Istanbul. On the night of 14th of January the clashes resumed at the south of Tripoli.
The US military base ‘At-Tazhi’ in Iraq, that currently has stationed American troops, was attacked with rockets. The base is located about 30 km north of Baghdad. According to Iraq — the base was attacked by MLRS. »The US-led coalition troops had no casualties» — the coalition spokesman, Colonel Miles Cuggins, announced on Twitter.
On Thursday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while speaking in the presidential palace, announced that Ankara began sending the troops to Libya in order to support the Government of National Accord, headed by Faiz Sarraj. He underlined that it would be legally impossible to conduct exploration drilling or laying pipelines without a permission from Libya and Turkey. On 5th of January the Turkish president announced the start of the deployment of the Turkish troops in Libya. He specified that their tasks include «coordination actions» and «the security of the legitimate government».
The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria announced the opening of 3 checkpoints in Syria — they were built for the civilians to leave the terrorist-controlled areas of the Idlib DMZ. The checkpoints began to operate on Monday, on 13:00 by Moscow time. «The checkpoint Abu al-Duhour is located in the province of Idlib. The checkpoint El Hader is in the province of Aleppo. The checkpoint Habit is in the province of Hama» — the Center specified.
Morgan Ortagus, the head of the US State Department press service, twitted that Russia and Syria allegedly violated the ceasefire in the Idlib Province. Morgan Ortagus announced that the US strongly condemned the act of violence, and the US once again called on Russia and Assad «to end those brutal attacks». Morgan Ortegus didn’t give any evidence to her words. On Thursday, the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, Major-General Yuri Borenkov, announced that over the past day, the terrorists fired 60 times at the settlements in the provinces of Latakia, Aleppo, Idlib and Hama. Yuri Borenkov also said that «the reports from a number of mass media outlets about the attacks, allegedly inflicted by the Russian aircraft on the civilian targets in the Idlib DMZ, are false». “Since the beginning of the ceasefire, the Russian Air Force hasn’t carried out any combat sorties” — Yuri Borenkov concluded.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a large press conference on the results of 2019. He answered questions from the media representatives about the situation in Ukraine, Libya, relations with the United States, and the course of the Russian diplomacy. «The aggressive actions of a number of Western states, mostly — the United States, are the main destabilizing factor in the international arena» — he said. According to him, the world today is still »very feverish». Sergey Lavrov noted that by denying the representatives of a number of states to participate in the UN activities — Washington is openly abusing the US privileges. He added that the United States in 2020 may try to repeat the «Venezuelan scenario» in other states. Also, according to Sergei Lavrov, the United States are pulling Japan into their policy of confrontation with Russia. While speaking about the situation in Ukraine, he mentioned that the decisions, reached at the ‘Norman Four’ summit in Paris, should not remain on paper, as it was in the case with the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.