Russian President Putin and French President Macron discussed the continued conflict in Libya, as well as other conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine this week, according to Russian media. Both leaders stressed the need to resolve the crisis through diplomatic means, and "confirmed their support for mediating efforts by the UN and Germany".
The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily further reported that Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that Italy was prepared to discuss resolving the ongoing crisis with Turkey, Russia and the US, as well as other European powers, including the German, French and British.
Italy, in large part in order to stem the flow of migrants, has backed the internationally recognised Tripoli government, which is primarily supported by Turkey and Qatar. The UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers, as well as the Russians and to an extent France, back the eastern-based LNA led by strongman Khalifa Haftar.