The media unit of Warlord Khalifa Haftar's forces has reported that the latter arrived in Russia on Tuesday upon an invitation from the Russian Federation.

Greeting him at the airport was Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yunus Bek Yevkyurv- former leader of the Republic of Ingushetia. 

Haftar will discuss developments in Libya and bilateral relations between the two countries, his media reported.

The visit comes a week after Yovkyurv met with Haftar in Benghazi on September 17, where he arrived at the head of a specialized team to support search and rescue operations in the flood-stricken city of Derna.

Haftar's media had earlier described Yovkyurv offering his condolences to Haftar and the Libyan people for the victims of the floods, stressing Moscow’s endeavour to support the areas affected by Storm Daniel in eastern Libya.

In late August, Yevkyurv also met with Haftar at his HQ in Benghazi to discuss "cooperation in combating organized crime and terrorism," according to the media of both parties.

However, identical sources said the visit was to reassure Haftar of the continued support of the Russian Wagner Group mercenaries following the death of their leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.