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Russian President and British Prime Minister held talks during international conference on Libya

Berlin, Jan 20.- Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Jhonson on Sunday and with the President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, during the international conference on Libya.

During the first meeting with Putin as head of government, Jhonson ratified London's position on the alleged poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergey Skripal, in which he accuses Russia of organizing that chemical attack.

Moscow at all times rejects such accusations, requests the presentation of evidence and demands the access of the Russian consulate in London to Skripal and his daughter Julia, both Russian citizens and allegedly victims of the aforementioned attack, in the English city of Salisbury.

Shortly before concluding the aforementioned conference, Putin also met with the president of the EC, with whom he talked about bilateral relations, international problems, including the situation in Libya.

During the forum held in this city, the Russian president also had a brief stop with his similar Frenchman, Emmanuel Macron, indicated sources of the Russian presidency. The interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov also participated in the meeting.

Sources close to the organizers of the conference indicated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo left the forum before it was concluded.

Putin and Erdogan launched from Istanbul an initiative to achieve a truce between the forces of the National Conciliation Government and the so-called Libyan National Army, whose leaders were invited to this city to seek solutions to that confrontation.

Although, after a meeting in Moscow on the 13th between the opposing parties in Libya, with the mediation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Russia and Turkey, it was impossible to sign an agreement, the end of the bloodiest clashes was achieved.

After the bombings launched by NATO against Libya in 2011, when interpreting in its own way a resolution of the UN Security Council, the forces supported by that military bloc killed the Libyan leader Mohamar Ghadafi.

This led to an atomization of the conflict in the North African country, where the CNG and ELN forces clash. The truce proposed by Russia and Turkey in Libya allowed favorable conditions to be created for the conference in Berlin, Putin estimated. (Text and Photo: PL)