Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Russia of managing the Libyan battle "at the maximum stage", local media suggested Saturday, as Ankara-Moscow tensions mount.
"Russia is managing the war there right now at the maximum stage," Erdogan pointed out, in keeping with the Hurriyet day by day. Turkey and Russia are at the moment engaged in a confrontation over Syria the place the two nations help opposing facets.
Likewise in Libya, Ankara helps the UN-backed govt of countrywide Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli whereas Russia backs defense force strongman Khalifa Haftar.
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The president has repeated the accusation that Russian protection business Wagner is helping Haftar despite Moscow's denials.
"they are at this time managing Wagner," Erdogan informed Turkish journalists on board his airplane after a seek advice from to Pakistan this week. "Yet they nevertheless arise and say, 'there isn't a link'," he brought.
The Wagner group is a shadowy deepest security firm and hundreds of its security contractors are believed to be in overseas conflicts from Syria to Ukraine to the vital African Republic.
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Erdogan insisted Turkey would proceed to aid the GNA as a part of a security deal signed late final yr. He additionally hit out at the West over backing Haftar devoid of without delay naming any nation. "The West nonetheless supports this man.... (He) is given fingers, ammunition and cash."
earlier on Saturday, Turkish international Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticised the "very bad" meddling via some Gulf nations all the way through the Munich security convention.
"these international locations accept as true with that democracy in one Arab country or the location is the greatest risk for his or her personal regime," the suitable Turkish diplomat added.