Libya Is a Testing Ground for Russia-UAE Cooperation in the Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, left, attend an official welcome ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, left, attend an official welcome ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
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In a little more than a month, on Dec. 24, Libyan voters will go to the polls to elect a new president, and after a decadelong civil war it is probably stating the obvious to say that they face tough choices. Among the candidates they can vote for are Gen. Khalifa Haftar, an accused war criminal backed by Russia and the United Arab Emirates, and Saif Gadhafi, the son of a murdered dictator and an accused war criminal himself, who has also been courted by Russia and the UAE.  The other three presidential candidates all have foreign backers of their own, including the U.S., […]

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