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⊙ Gadhafi and Putin Meet At fireside Bedouin Tent (2015)

Published on 19 Mar 2022 / In News & Politics

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hosted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday in a dark-green Bedouin tent that was pitched in a Kremlin park.Gadhafi, who last visited Moscow during the Soviet era, arrived on Friday with an entourage of defence and energy officials for three days of talks.Libya was an ally of the Soviet Union, but relations withered after the 1991 Soviet collapse. Gadhafi's visit highlights Russia's efforts to bolster relations again.The Libyan leader said earlier Saturday he hopes to increase energy ties with Moscow.Russia has hoped to persuade Libya to back its plans for a gas cartel that would also involve Algeria, Iran, Qatar and the countries of Central Asia.Such an OPEC-like organisation could strengthen Moscow's energy leverage over Europe.Gadhafi is also expected to clinch a series of major arms deals on his visit.He held talks with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Putin earlier Saturday.Gadhafi described the talks as a "continuation of the progress" made by Putin when he visited Tripoli in April.During his visit, Putin, who was then president, agreed to write off 4.5 (b) billion US dollars in Libyan debt in exchange for lucrative deals in energy and arms.In return, Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom signed a deal to develop six prospective oil and gas fields in Libya.In the 1980s, Libya was a major customer for Soviet weapons. But Russia now faces competition from other former Soviet republics for supplying arms to Libya. After leaving Moscow on Sunday, Gadhafi is expected to visit Belarus and Ukraine.Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Archive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APArchives ​​Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APNews/#Gadhafi #PutinYou can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metad....ata/youtube/ea23a392

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