Libyan putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar on Friday announced lifting the blockade on oil production and its export.
This came in a televised speech by Haftar, hours after the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), in a statement, objected to "the politicization of the oil sector and its use as a bargaining chip for political gains."
"It has been decided to resume production and export of oil with all the necessary conditions and procedural measures that guarantee a fair distribution of its financial revenues," Haftar said.
Since Jan. 17, foreign militia and groups loyal to warlord Haftar – backed by Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – have closed Libyan oil fields and facilities.
On Aug. 12, the NOC said the total losses of the blockade on oil production amounted to some $8.22 million after 208 days of the forced closure by Haftar's militia.
Libya's oil production has the capacity to produce 1.22 million barrels per day, however, due to the internal conflict the volume dropped to less than 90,000 barrels currently.
Haftar rejected all the political initiatives to resolve the Libyan crisis, sticking to military escalation.
In his speech, the renegade general did not refer to the cease-fire initiative that has been underway in the country for about a month.
He claimed: "All the initiatives that were announced previously to solve the crisis ended in complete failure. Those initiatives that were announced under the slogans of a comprehensive settlement focused on sharing power without caring about the citizen."
Haftar stuck to the military option, saying: "Do not neglect the gains for which the soldiers laid their lives. We will fight to preserve the unity of Libya."
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