Turkish, Russian leaders urge Libya ceasefire by Sun. night

ISTANBUL, Turkish President Recep Tayiib Erdogan and his visiting Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for a ceasefire in Libya by Sunday midnight, said Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“Today, our President Erdogan and Russian President Putin are calling for a cease-fire in Libya by Jan. 12 midnight,” Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Istanbul.

“We have been especially working with our Russian partners to achieve a cease-fire in Libya,” Cavusoglu said.

He added that both leaders had had talks about Turkish-Russian cooperation in Syria, mainly ceasefire in Idlib, and efforts to curtail US-Iranian tensions, in addition to the situation in Iraq and Libya.

The meeting came following the launch of TurkStream natural gas pipeline project.

The TurkStream project consists of two lines with a total capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year. The first line will carry 15.75 bcm of Russian gas to Turkish consumers every year, and the second line will carry another 15.75 bcm from Russia to Europe via Turkey, Turkey’s local media said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency