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World Russia Welcomes Libya Deal on Oil Exports, Revenue Distribution

17:40  19 september  2020
17:40  19 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Russia said it welcomed a contested deal that would allow Libya to resume oil exports halted by a blockade at the start of the year, with revenue distributed across the divided nation.

a group of rope: EL-SHARARA, LIBYA - JUNE 5: A Repsol Oil Operations oil drilling rig pounds into the desert searching through thousands of feet for and oil reserve on June 5, 2004 in El-Sharara, Libya. With the lifting of US sanctions earlier this year, American oil companies, eager to find other avenues for oil exploration have begun negotiating with the Libyan government to return to its vast oil fields. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images) © Getty Images EL-SHARARA, LIBYA - JUNE 5: A Repsol Oil Operations oil drilling rig pounds into the desert searching through thousands of feet for and oil reserve on June 5, 2004 in El-Sharara, Libya. With the lifting of US sanctions earlier this year, American oil companies, eager to find other avenues for oil exploration have begun negotiating with the Libyan government to return to its vast oil fields. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images)

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq reached the accord last week at a meeting in Sochi, Russia, with military commander Khalifa Haftar’s son and representatives from oil-rich eastern Libya. They also agreed to form a special commission to resolve conflicts. Haftar’s forces locked down fields and ports in January.

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a group of rope: EL-SHARARA, LIBYA - JUNE 5: A Repsol Oil Operations oil drilling rig pounds into the desert searching through thousands of feet for and oil reserve on June 5, 2004 in El-Sharara, Libya. With the lifting of US sanctions earlier this year, American oil companies, eager to find other avenues for oil exploration have begun negotiating with the Libyan government to return to its vast oil fields. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images) © Getty Images EL-SHARARA, LIBYA - JUNE 5: A Repsol Oil Operations oil drilling rig pounds into the desert searching through thousands of feet for and oil reserve on June 5, 2004 in El-Sharara, Libya. With the lifting of US sanctions earlier this year, American oil companies, eager to find other avenues for oil exploration have begun negotiating with the Libyan government to return to its vast oil fields. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images)

“We welcome this decision,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on its website on Saturday. “We regard it as the first step toward building trust between the warring factions in Libya. It is assumed that the proceeds from its implementation will be fairly distributed among all regions of the country.”

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Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj hasn’t accepted the agreement, casting doubt on any imminent resumption of production. Maiteeq, who is often at odds with Sarraj, was stopped by other members of government from visiting Sirte, a city by held by Haftar, to sign the agreement on Friday.

To read more on this: Libya’s Sarraj Balks at Deal With Haftar to Restart Oil Output

Libya’s National Oil Corp. said it wouldn’t lift force majeure provisions until Russian mercenaries who support Haftar withdraw from oil installations, and denounced what it called parallel talks in a statement late Thursday.

Despite having Africa’s largest crude reserves, Libya may struggle to ramp up production quickly even if the conflict has abated. Its oil industry is crumbling after more than nine years of neglected maintenance amid a civil war that’s killed thousands and destroyed towns across the country. The lack of basic servicing has left pipelines corroding and storage tanks collapsing.

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