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    Leaders of 28 member countries of the European Union will discuss Russian aims in Libya during an informal summit in Malta's capital city of Valletta later on Friday, a diplomatic source in Brussels told Sputnik.

    Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in international waters off the coast of Northern Norway on October 17, 2016.
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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The talks will be held due to contacts between Moscow authorities and the commander of the Libyan National Army, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the source added.

    "It is expected that the EU leaders will discuss the expansion of Moscow interests in Libya, including those in the context of the migration crisis in the EU," the source said.

    Haftar visited Moscow in June and November last year where he met with the Russian foreign and defense ministers as well as the head of the Security Council Secretary.

    The European leaders fear Russia will set up its military facility in the Mediterranean. In January, the head of the Russian Federation Council’s Defense Committee, Viktor Ozerov, denied such allegations.


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