Russia and Libya Restore Military Cooperation

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov (pictured) has told reporters:

"We are currently resuming contacts with Libya for the training of personnel for Libya’s new armed forces."

Such a cooperation, which was in place in the former Soviet Union, was scrapped in the wake of a civil war in Libya and the subsequent ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Military analyst Konstantin Makienko told Voice of Russia:

"The revival of contacts is course beneficial. After the coup in Libya or even earlier when the US liquidated Saddam Hussein in Iraq it was believed that Iraq and Libya ceased to be clients of Russia’s Defense industry for a long time.

"Now it has turned out that those estimates were too pessimistic. Iraq has shown a real interest in buying Russian weapons and now we see Libya resuming contacts with Russia too".

(Sources: Voice of Russia, Itar-Tass)

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