The Russian intention to install two of its bases, one naval and one air, in Cyrenaica is also to be discussed. An axis considered essential by Moscow to be able to face the Mediterranean, providing itself with a new strategic perspective capable of annoying NATO.Finally, the differences concern the recent “Cairo initiative” promoted by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah to Sisi, which would expel the Turks from any activity in Libya with the establishment of a new Presidential Council. Russia hailed the pace with cautious favor. Turkish minister Cavusoglu defined the initiative as “born dead”.
Yet until Saturday evening Turkey confirmed that Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers Lavrov and Shoigu would attend the meeting which would include Cavusoglu and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The meeting has now been officially postponed to a later date, as announced by an aseptic diplomatic note: “In a telephone conversation held today between the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu and the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, it was decided that contacts and talks will continue in the near future. The ministerial level meeting will take place at a future date. ” Observers judge it singular that a meeting of this type, at the level of foreign and defense ministers, jumps at the last minute. The feeling is that Russian President Vladimir Putin is beginning to fear the strength of Erdogan, indisputable winner in Libya despite the sending of the Russian mercenaries of the Wagner company, who withdrew from the Tripoli front where the Turkish military victoriously supported Serraj. Turks who now launch themselves into Cyrenaica to hunt Haftar, without accepting a ceasefire anymore.