EU reaches out to Russia to broker deal with Libyan general Haftar

Diplomats hope for reconciliation between the UN-backed government of national accord and the military commander of Libya’s eastern government
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor
European diplomats are attempting a last-ditch effort to dissuade Russia from helping the renegade military strongman Khalifa Haftar seize overall military power in Libya.
Haftar, the military commander of Libya’s eastern government, has sought Moscow’s help to battle Isis, but European diplomats fear that that he could join what has been described as Vladimir Putin’s axis of secular authoritarians in the Middle East alongside Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
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