From the FT:
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, starting his first visit to post-Soviet Russia on Friday, will discuss opening a Russian naval base in Libya to counterbalance US interests in the region, a newspaper reported.
Colonel Gaddafi, who last visited then Soviet Russia in 1985, is expected to discuss purchases of Russian arms and energy co-operation during his three-day trip. . .
After a decade of strong economic growth, Russia is keen to project its power. Russian warships led by a nuclear-powered missile cruiser docked in Libya this month on their way to Venezuela to take part in joint naval exercises.
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