This paper examines Russia's strategy towards Libya post-2011. Russia has arguably been filling the vacuum left by NATO to further its interests regardless of the cost to international peace and stability.

Ferhat Polat 17 July 2020

This policy outlook examines Russia's strategy towards Libya post-2011. The Kremlin’s various interests in Libya are assessed and used to explain Russia's policy in Libya and its effect on the Libyan conflict. Russia's approach towards Libya is driven by numerous interests, which range from geostrategic, economic, political and military, with a priority of marking the Russian presence in the Mediterranean region. Russia has used Libya's conflict to increase its influence on Europe's southern flank and its access to Libya's natural resources. Russia has arguably been filling the vacuum left by NATO to further its interests regardless of the cost to international peace and stability.​

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