"With Russia's recent intervention in Libya, it is possible that retired Major General Khalifa Hifter will be able to enter Tripoli," Libyan Foreign Minister and International Cooperation Mohamed Taher Siala said, for his part, warned the UN envoy to Libya from the matter of a "bloodbath".
Siala added - in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica - that the escalation taking place in Libya is due to the support of Russian mercenaries to Khalifa Haftar in bombing Tripoli by various means, noting that this matter will lead to civilian casualties and the departure of thousands of migrants to European coasts.
"I live in Tripoli and many believe that there is no possibility to control it, but chaos can worsen the conditions in the city, so the general public in the city is now asking: Why does the international community that worked to protect civilians in 2011 not exist?" The same thing now? ".
Siala explained that what the Russians say about their support for UN initiatives cannot be relied on, because the problem is Russia's prevarication. Moscow announces one thing and does something else completely different.
"I think Libya has a strategic importance for Russia. They want to put their feet on our lands, and maybe they are working on a strategy that cannot be activated now, so their tactics see at the present time the use of mercenaries only."
|Salama: Haftar's entry into Tripoli will lead to a bloodbath (Communication sites)|
Possibility and warning
For his part, the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salameh, in an interview with the Italian newspaper Al-Corriere della Sera, did not rule out, on the sidelines of his participation in the conference of Mediterranean Dialogues held in the Italian capital, Rome, "curbing the preparatory work underway to organize the Berlin International Conference on the Libyan crisis due to the possibility of sudden entry The forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. "
Salama warned that the process of entering Haftar to Tripoli will lead to a bloodbath and a terrible street war with the possibility of unspeakable massacres and destruction in the heart of the urban areas of the city, demanding that they move with great speed to impose the path of peace and stop the war immediately.
"Unfortunately, I do not rule out the fact that the war in Tripoli is now changing the scenarios very quickly and working to paralyze the United Nations efforts to reach a cease-fire in Libya," Salameh said.
These statements come a day after the Libyan government announced on Sunday that it had foiled a plan for multinational forces loyal to the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter to enter the capital, Tripoli, last Friday.
"In the past few days, we have received information that the multinational forces are planning on Friday to enter Tripoli," Libyan government forces spokesman Mohamed Kanounou said in a statement. He stressed that his forces were able to "absorb the shock, and contained the militants in a small enclave, before launching a counter-attack and stuning the illusion."