- Title: Russia's Putin: Time to hold Libya peace talks in Berlin
- Date: 11th January 2020
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JANUARY 11, 2020) (RUSSIAN POOL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL APPEAR AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER TALKS IN KREMLIN (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "It is essential to put an end to the opposition between (CONTINUES OVER MEDIA) the Libyan National Army led by Marshal (Khalifa) Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj, (CONTINUES IN SHOT) to establish a ceasefire, take steps to relaunch the political process with the aim of overcoming the split inside the country, and form unified state institutions." CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We think the German initiative to set up an international conference on Libya in Berlin is very timely. (CONTINUES IN FRONT SHOT) For the Berlin conference to bring substantial results, we need to secure the participation of the countries really interested in assisting the Libyan settlement." JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "If there are Russian nationals there (in Libya), they do not act on behalf of the Russian state, and they do not receive money from the Russian state. (CONTINUES IN CLOSE UP) There is a large number of different mercenaries in the conflict zone, and a big part of these mercenaries - according to our data - were moved there from the conflict zone in the Syrian province of Idlib, to the conflict zone in Libya." CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS MERKEL FINISHES SPEAKING PUTIN AND MERKEL SHAKE HANDS
- Embargoed: 25th January 2020 15:52
- Keywords: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Kremlin Moscow Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BVQAURR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin supported a German initiative to hold an international conference on Libya in Berlin during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow on Saturday (January 11).
Turkey and Russia this week urged Libya's warring parties to declare a ceasefire on Sunday as warring factions clashed and carried out air strikes in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern.
Merkel said at the same press conference that Germany plans to start sending out invitations for the Libya peace talks soon.
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