Talking to TRT World, experts say that Moscow has managed to position itself in the oil crescent region with the help of Russian-backed Wagner mercenaries.
The pro-Haftar politician, Aguila Saleh, has proposed a change in capital. However, critics see this as yet another obstacle towards peace.
One of the main backers of warlord Haftar, Cairo's decision of sending a delegation to Tripoli has generated a lukewarm response from regional observers.
As long as Libya's internationally-recognized government needs Ankara's support to stave off destabilising actors like France and Egypt, Turkey will continue to have its military presence in the country.
Russia is accused of using a Syrian airline to send mercenaries to the warlord Khalifa Haftar, with France and the UAE in support.
UN envoy Stephanie Williams calls the situation in Libya a “serious crisis”.
According to Libyan officials, Russia is sending more mercenaries to support warlord Khalifa Haftar, including those from Syrian regime forces and other assorted criminals.
Forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) had taken control of the Al Watiya airbase, 140 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of Tripoli, from warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias in May.
The UN chief also expressed his shock at the recent discovery of mass graves in territory recently recaptured from Haftar's militia.
The battle for the central coastal city could determine control over a major source of Libya's income – oil fields that tribes allied with warlord Khalifa Haftar shut down earlier this year.
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