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Italy and Russia: Rivals or Partners in the ‘Enlarged Mediterranean’?

The approach of the Italian-hosted 12-13 November Palermo Conference on Libya has seen dire but largely unsubstantiated reports of Russian Special Forces, mercenaries and intelligence officers arriving in eastern Libya, together with advanced weapons systems aimed at NATO’s soft southern underbelly. Their alleged intention is to control the flow of migrants, oil and gas to Europe as a means of undermining European security.

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