Russian envoys veto extension of UN's 'peacebuilding' mission in Libya at crunch Security Council vote, diplomatic sources say
French news agency AFP reported on Wednesday that Moscow's envoys had laid down Russia's veto as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, potentially blocking the work of the delegation ahead of a presidential election set to take place in December.
Citing sources within the global intergovernmental body, AFP reports that the mandate for the UN mission is set to expire later on Wednesday, and that Russian diplomats had rejected wording around the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from the nation, as well as the political scope of its mission in Libya.Also on rt.com Twenty years on from 9/11, the ‘War on Terror’ has morphed into a ‘war’ against the West’s own populations
Russia's permanent mission to the UN in New York has declined to comment, saying only that negotiations are still ongoing. Moscow has previously said that an abrupt withdrawal of military forces, without adequate planning, could lead to chaos.
Controversial private military company the Wagner Group is understood to operate in Libya, and a UN report has accused Russia of laying on "suspicious" cargo flights that it says are designed to resupply fighters in the east of the country, which has been torn apart by civil war since the fall of veteran leader Muammar Gadaffi's government in 2011.Also on rt.com Libya risks slipping into new round of civil war & violence if crucial December elections not held – UN envoy
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