A delegation of more than 70 representatives of Libyan regional powers is heading to Geneva for five days this week to pick an interim prime minister in an EU and US-backed UN process. It is unclear if the leader chosen by the ‘Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’ will be accepted by warring parties, but the PM is meant to serve until elections in December, following a fragile ceasefire agreed last October.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell will travel to Moscow on Friday, raising eyebrows because leading opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, is in prison. Borrell argues this is the reason why talking is necessary.
It is well known that Vladimir Putin has for a long time been deeply dissatisfied with Lukashenko. I consider it highly unlikely, though, that Putin will accept a democratic revolution in a neighbouring country.