Stephanie Williams, deputy head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for political affairs, arrived in Moscow to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin. The diplomats discussed the situation in Libya, which worsened after the disruption of the general elections.
Williams was summoned to the Russian capital at the request of the Russian Foreign Ministry. She is suspected of lobbying the interests of the Government of National Unity, which lost its legitimacy on December 24, 2021. The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the interference in Libya's internal affairs and underlined that imposing ready-made solutions on Libyans from outside is unacceptable.
However, this is not the only important meeting Williams had in Moscow. As the authors of the “angry_turk” telegram channel wrote, she met with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin before the meeting with Sergei Vershinin.
A photo of Prigozhin and Williams entering the elevator of the Lotte Hotel in Moscow was made around 10:30 p.m. Monday, January 17.
According to an Arab media source that published the information about the meeting, Williams allegedly offered a deal to Prigozhin whom the media describes as the owner of the Wagner Group. He was asked to withdraw support from the Libyan National Army and side with the UN-backed Government of National Unity.
Williams offered for this about $300 million and contracts in the sector of oil production after the all-Libyan elections. However, according to the Arab source, Yevgeny Prigozhin rudely declined the offer.