(ReliableNews.org) – The United States enjoyed four years of peaceful relations with Russia during former President Donald Trump’s time in office. However, relations began unraveling once President Joe Biden assumed office on January 20 and returned to the adversarial nature of US-Russia relations during the Obama years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be up to his old games with Trump safely tucked away at his Florida residence and has returned to working against American interests abroad. Libya’s upcoming presidential election serves as a perfect example of his recent meddling.
Libya has experienced turmoil in the past decade in the wake of the death of its former autocratic leader Muammar Qaddafi. The US and Europe had looked forward to Libya’s December 24 elections as a possible entry point into a new era of stability.
Libya’s presidential elections this year were meant to be a key marker in the oil-rich North African state’s return to stability after years of civil war. Instead, outside powers try to leverage their preferred candidates into place. https://t.co/0LTDdO55YH
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However, Putin is applying pressure to military strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar to set aside his aspirations to assume the presidency and support the campaign of the now-deceased Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi.
Saif al-Islam’s potential rise to power would likely derail more than a decade’s work by the US and its allies to restore some semblance of order for the Libyan people.
Perhaps it’s time for Biden to step up and quit antagonizing Putin and other world leaders. Otherwise, the story may not have a happy ending.
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