Haftar accompanies Russia’s deputy defence minister on humanitarian visit to Derna

Sep 17, 2023 | International actors

On 17 September, Khaled Haftar, the son of Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, and who now heads the east’s Supreme Security Emergency Operations Chamber, accompanied Russian deputy defence minister, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, in a visit to Derna, the most senior foreign figure to do so. Yevkurov later had talks with Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi on potential Russian help and cooperation. Including its field hospital, Russia has dispatched a major team to Derna which, according to Russian media will supervise Libyan search teams.