Libya: Military Bases

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 13 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Sarfraz Lord Sarfraz Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Russia is planning to open a naval base in Tobruk in Libya.

Photo of The Earl of Minto The Earl of Minto The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK has made clear our apprehension towards Russia's destabilising activity in North Africa. We are concerned about open-source reports that Russia has plans to establish a naval base in eastern Libya, which will strengthen Russian influence in the central Mediterranean. The Ministry of Defence continues to maintain thorough assessments of the threats to stability and security across the North Africa region including Libya. The Government is also committed to working with the international community in support for peace and stability in the region.

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