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Turkey Vows Support for Libya's UN-Backed Government Won't Waver

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Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela is greeted by Prime Minister of Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord Fayez al Sarraj

The statement said the influx of Russian-printed Libyan currency in recent years "has exacerbated Libya's economic challenges", adding that the United States remained committed to working with the United Nations and global partners to deter illicit activities in Libya.

"We're looking at new ways to address mutual security concerns with Tunisia, including the use of our Security Force Assistance Brigade", it added.

Over the same period, Russian military personnel have delivered some 14 MiG 29 and Su-24 fighter jets to the LNA's Jufra air base in central Libya, the US military said this week.

The war took a turning point over the last month when Turkey's military intervention forced Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army and hundreds of Russian mercenaries to withdraw from much of the territory they had seized since starting their offensive in April of a year ago.

In a statement, Tunisia's defense ministry said the United States was a main partner in the effort to build the Tunisian army's operational capability.

"If Russia secures a permanent position in Libya and, worse, deploys long-range missile systems, it will be a game changer for Europe, NATO, and many Western nations", Hadfield said.

A Russian member of parliament and the LNA have denied the aircraft arrived.

AFRICOM first released information about the arrival of the Russian aircraft in Libya on May 26.

'We are waiting for the details, ' he said.

" This incident once again highlights the need for Russian Federation to cease its malign and destabilising actions in Libya", it added.

The fall and killing of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 uprising sparked years of chaos that traffickers have exploited to turn Libya into a key route for illicit migration towards Europe.

Two authorities dispute power in Libya: the Government of National Accord of Fayez al-Sarraj, which is recognised by the United Nations and based in Tripoli; and a parallel government in the east headed by Khalifa Haftar.

Turkey will not allow any uncertainty in Libya, said Vice President Fuat Oktay on Friday, and voiced full support for Libya's legitimate UN-backed government. "In retaliation, the militia fired indiscriminately at them", Bangladesh's foreign ministry added in a statement.

The cease-fire "has definitively collapsed, and hostilities have resumed in full", ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on May 29, according to Interfax.

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