“UAE Gave Free S-300 To Haftar”: Turkey’s Struggle To Find Excuses For Its Apparent Failure In Libya

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"UAE Gave Free S-300 To Haftar": Turkey's Struggle To Find Excuses For Its Apparent Failure In Libya

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Turkey, and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and as a result its entire propaganda network are, to put it lightly, dissatisfied with the “permanent ceasefire” reached between the sides in Libya.

On October 23rd, the representatives of the Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), fighting on behalf of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives signed a permanent ceasefire agreement.

This means that a political settlement is possible, and it also jeopardizes Turkey’s deal with the GNA to exploit its EEZ in the Mediterranean Sea, so that it could explore and extract resources.

It also jeopardizes Turkey’s potential access to Libyan oil fields, and the two military facilities that it was promised – Misrata and al-Wadiyah.

As such, the propaganda machine has begun moving, and firstly accusing the UAE of still providing weapons to the LNA, from all sorts of countries such as Belarus, China and others.

This was done through Clash Report, a known pro-Turkish propaganda Twitter account.

Also, there is hope that despite the ceasefire, the GNA still plans to undertaken its commitments in the deal, or at least Ankara hopes so.

Turkey is also dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron becoming the “spokesperson” to the “anti-Turkey platform”.

What Turkey achieved in return for the deal that it expects to be very beneficial for it is the following: pushed back LNA forces from Tripoli, and the fight had already been at a standstill at that point.

Failed to capture Sirte, and even didn’t attempt to attack it, since Egypt was likely to step in at that point.

Ankara made some massive claims, deployed approximately 10,000 militants, tens of thousands of pieces of equipment and hardware, and its own military specialists to provide assistance, and it achieved some marginal success.

Now, however, it attempts to paint a story in which the UAE is such a benefactor of the LNA that it actually provides free Russian S-300 missile defense systems to the LNA, and that’s why Turkey hadn’t achieved success, but also that the ceasefire was a mistake.

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