‘Ready to Host Russian Naval Base’
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Novosti) — Libya is willing to host a Russian naval base as
a means of security against any possible U.S. attack,
a Russian business daily said on Friday.
Muammar Qaddafi will pay an official visit to Russia at the
invitation of President Dmitry Medvedev from October 31 to
newspaper cited a source close to the preparations for the
visit as saying that the Libyan leader was planning to raise
the naval base issue during talks with the Russian leadership.
a naval base in the Mediterranean to establish a permanent
military presence in the region. As a sign of a possible deal
with Libya, Russian warships have recently paid a number of
visits to the North African country.
A naval task
force from Russia’s Northern Fleet, led by the nuclear-powered
missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, visited the Libyan capital, Tripoli,
in October and the Neustrashimy (Fearless) missile frigate
from Russia’s Baltic Fleet has also recently called at Tripoli
to replenish supplies.
business daily, Vedomosti, said last week that deals to supply
arms to Libya worth more than $2 billion could be signed during
who has ruled oil and gas-rich Libya since 1969, last visited
the Russian capital in 1985, before the breakup of the Soviet
also cited an official in the Russian Technology Corporation
as saying that contracts had been discussed on the supply of
16 SU-30 MKI Flanker-H multirole fighters, T-90 tanks, and
TOR-M2E air defense systems to Libya.
$4.6 billion debt was recently written off in lieu of a host
of new contracts, the largest being a $3 billion deal under
which the Russian Railways monopoly is to build a 554-km (344-mile)
railroad in Libya.
was signed when the then president and current prime minister,
Vladimir Putin, visited the country in April 2008.