Khalifa Haftar, head of the LNA forces, left Moscow today without signing a on to a tentative ceasefire agreement. The initial cessation of hostilities, the first in months, was initiated last week by Russia and Turkey, who back the opposing sides in the Libyan conflict.
Talks began Monday and went into the evening. Fayez al-Sarraj, the Tripoli-based GNA prime minister, signed the initial agreement. However Haftar, who heads the LNA, asked until the morning to consider the terms. He left early Tuesday morning without signing, according to Russia's foreign ministry.
Haftar was quoted as as saying that "the draft ignores many of the Libyan army's demands". However, Russian FM Lavrov noted that Haftar viewed the ceasefire draft document "positively" and that some "progress" was made.
The next phase is the Berlin peace summit, scheduled to take place this Sunday. This is a part of the UN-led efforts to initiate a political process that has been postponed several times.
The talks are set to take place as Haftar's offensive on Tripoli has stalled on the southern outskirts, and as the LNA recently took control of the strategic coastal city of Sirte.