"During the twenty years that Vladimir Putin has presided over Russia it is fair to say that the acquisition of a Nobel prize for peace has seemed low on his list of priorities on Putin's watch. Russia has attacked Chechnya invaded Georgia Georgia and Ukraine and intervene in Syria to say nothing of lower level semi deniable operations. Where in Libya would have had reason to regard? Russia's offered to serve as a mediator in its ongoing civil war with an amount of suspicion and Libya might also have recognized however that the Western world has long preferred to regard the Libyan conflict from the other end of a barge pole and that as such they were somewhat stock options accordingly earlier this week the two sides in Libya's war. The government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Mystifies Al Sarraj and recognized by the United Nations and the so-called Libyan national army commanded by renegade general Khalifa after met in Moscow. Go at which a footnote. It's not entirely clear whether or not al Sarraj and actually shook hands at this encounter. These discussions Russians were what is known as proximity talks a common enough diplomatic set piece in which the parties to a dispute agreed together more or less in the same place at the same time and relaying messages to each other via intermediaries in this instance. Those intermediaries were Russia. Which has broadly encouraged half tas desire the two overrun Libya and Turkey? which earlier this month extended support for the government of National Accord as far as sending troops in Libya Mishra sure unit put just have ties attacks against our brothers and the legitimate government of Libya continue? We will never refrain from teaching him the lesson he did that Get Turkey's involvement of course adds another layer of proceedings given the involvement of both Russia and Turkey in Syria at various points during Syria's ongoing civil war. Moscow and Ankara have appeared to be allies enemies. And sometimes I the all both at once wants depending on which part of the map you're looking at and what day of the week it is but credit where Ju- as a precursor to the latest Moscow talks. Turkey and Russia did manage to wrangle a ceasefire in Libya. Though both the government of National Accord and the Libyan national army accused each other of breaching it Marshall Hufbauer Commander Army the talks in Moscow as we go to air appear to have been a partial success. which is to say that? While an agreement agreement was reached and Prime Minister Faez al-Sarraj signed it. Kelly for half Did Not so what does Russia really won't in Libya. Well just for fun. Let's consider the official position. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei gala RAV has made several heart warming statements of the we'd like to teach the world to sing variety earlier this week. Level of spoke of a desire to motivate all Libyan sides to agree rather than continue sorting things out by force Russia as Russia portrays. It is all but lying. Awake nights fretting over Libya his anguish perhaps half tiles flounce really is a serious snub to Russia's pure hearted desire to see Libya at peace a skeptical observer server and where Russia is concerned. It's usually via smart kind of observer to be might gently suggest that there is perhaps something else going on here half tiles house refusal to sign. The agreement for example might be a preplanned theatrical device designed to demonstrate that he's no mere Russian stooge and that therefore Russia is not responsible. Should he return to his quest to seize the parts of Libya. He hasn't already with the help. Russia Beasley denies. Ever having sent him last last week Putin vouchsafed any Russians fighting alongside halftime. Should there be any who knows at Cetera not representing Russia nor paid by Russia. A STAG STAG party and or it may be that Vladimir Putin doesn't really care about Libya all that much not any more than he really cares about Ukraine Syria which is to say he may care about Libya as he cares about Ukraine and Syria principally as a device with which he can surprise and annoy and disoriented the Western in world and by so doing impose the view that Russia remains power which must be reckoned with and or just make life stressful tedious for everyone else. Quite a lot of Russian diplomatic enterprise starts to make much more sense the moment you start thinking of basically as geostrategic trolling"