Swiss media: Why did Russia block Libyan oil exports?

Russia counted on a quick victory of the LNA of Khalifa Haftar in Libya over the PNS, but the offensive on Tripoli failed and now Moscow is trying to achieve its goals in a different way, writes the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

According to journalist Christian Weisflog, who has been a member of the editorial staff of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung since April 2014, oil can be a weapon. He believes that Russia and the United Arab Emirates clearly prove this in Libya. Most of the country's oil industry fell under the control of the LNA. In January 2020, oil production and export were practically paralyzed.

Oil production in Libya fell from 1,2 million to 100 thousand barrels. per day

- Weisflog said.

As the journalist noted, Haftar justifies his actions by the fact that Tripoli unfairly distributed oil revenues, and even pays for the services of militants and terrorists with this money.

In turn, Tim Eaton, a senior expert on the Middle East and North Africa at the London think tank Chatham House, doubts this is the case. He recalled that the blockade of oil exports by Haftar began a few days before the Berlin conference on Libya, which indicates oil as political pressure lever.

According to the Libyan expert, director of the Sadeq Institute (Libya) Anas al-Gomati, back in 2015 in the east of Libya, they wanted to create a parallel oil company, whose accounts were to be located in the UAE. But the plan failed thanks to Washington's intervention.

Or do you really believe that Russia is interested in a fairer distribution of oil revenues in Libya?

Al-Gomati asked.

After that, Al-Gomati said that as soon as the PNS took control of a field and began production, fighters from the Russian PMC Wagner appeared. They drove out the PNS and blocked oil production. As a result, the PNS has already lost about $ 6 billion. The expert believes that now Haftar does not decide anything in Libya. Russia and the UAE need it only to give the appearance of the "Libyan" nature of everything that happens.
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  1. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 4 August 2020 23: 49
    Why has Russia blocked the export of Libyan oil?

    Just a little - right away Russia. There are enough interested parties: USA, France, KSA, Egypt, Greece, Israel. And only then - Russia.
    Nobody wants Libya's oil in the markets. And nobody needs Turkey's strengthening. The same is happening in Syria. And now also in Azerbaijan. There, too, oil transit is questionable. Moreover, the transit is through Turkey. Recep himself steps on me. ... And then he will shout "Oh, how painful!" Do you have rich hydrocarbon deposits? And you can't keep them safe? Then we fly to you! And the last one is Erdogan. He climbed everywhere. Undoubtedly from a great mind ...
    Grown uncles make big politics (and the economy), while Switzerland is left with envy to look from the outside and figure out how long its prosperity will last.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 5 August 2020 12: 45
      Boriz (nice to discuss) ... the media, this is a modern weapon and should not be perceived as objectivity ... Removal of competitors, the axiom of the market, here is Libyan oil, a competitor to ALL oil-supplying countries ... Russia was chosen because Russia is also a geopolitical competitor ... Perhaps they entered a period of interstate turbulence, after the withering away of the last relics of the Second World War (with the collapse of the USSR) ... Hard times await ...
    2. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 5 August 2020 14: 18
      Quote: boriz
      Nobody wants Libya's oil in the markets.

      The American mafioso needs it. For free.
      Legally, oil in Libya is produced by a joint venture - a state-owned Libyan and a private American. But - the Libyan does not have bank accounts abroad, and cannot receive proceeds. Everything is received by an American company, which pays in cash in Libya - with miners, security guards, port workers. How profitable it is - you can see from the 5 thousand American special forces guarding the towers and the pipe in Sirte.
  2. Obama Barack Offline Obama Barack
    Obama Barack (Obama Barack) 5 August 2020 10: 05
    Why has Russia blocked the export of Libyan oil?

    We had good teachers. Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, the same Libya since Gaddafi, etc.
  3. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 5 August 2020 10: 59
    Or do you really believe that Russia is interested in a fairer distribution of oil revenues in Libya?

    Gaddafi was interested in a fair distribution of Libyan oil, but he was killed by NATO, who kept money, including in Swiss banks ...