(LibyaNN)- According to sources in Libya, an agreement was reached between Turkey and Moscow last week to release the Russian citizens in the hope of Turkey getting much-needed support from the Russians to teeter out of the U.S.-EU sanctions.
The source further added that the GNA was holding the Russians for the past year and a half under the strict orders of Turkey and were not to be released without the specific authorization of President Erdogan, personally.
The news of the Russian prisoners release comes after a virtual conference that convened last week to discuss how NATO should adapt for 2030, shifted into a fiery showdown among several foreign ministers with the Turkish delegation.
Turkey’s behavior and course was outed by several foreign ministers but specifically by U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, stating that it is no longer a positive sign for the alliance’s future.
Secretary Pompeo attributed the provocative actions of Turkey as oppositional to the principles of NATO, and said that they sequentially threaten the alliance’s cohesion.
Secretary Pompeo highlighted Turkish movements in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian anti-missile system S-400, which he defined as “a gift to Russia” by a NATO alliance member.
Turkish Çavuşoğlu blazing response raged at Pompeo and the United States for impairing Turkey by working behind the scenes with European allies and driving the rest of the alliance to side against Turkey.
Çavuşoğlu lamented of Washington working blindly with Greece and rejecting to sell Ankara U.S.-made Patriot anti-aircraft weapons.
Many European nations and the international community voiced their displeasure at Turkey's provocative roles in the region.
Many inside and outside Turkey do not share the same ambitions and strategies undertaken by the Erdogan administration.
Davutoglu, once a close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now leads an opposition party after splitting from the AKP, said Turkey needed a new political vision and that the current government was unfit to manage daily crises.
“Turkey cannot bear a policy that sets barriers between political parties,” Davutoglu said according to the report. “The country’s future and the nation’s peace are not entitled to one party.”
This developing story is currently being updated with additional details....