Russian President, Vladimir Putin has called on Egypt and the UAE to demand Haftar to halt military operations and support efforts for a political solution.

This came in two separate phone calls made by Putin with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed and Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in which they discussed the Libyan crisis and the efforts to return to the political track.

The step is in the context of the Turkish-Russian initiative that called for a ceasefire in Libya, which started at midnight on Sunday.