Russian officials have said that the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement drafted at talks on Monday.
The TASS news agency cited the Russian Foreign Ministry as providing these details on Tuesday.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Haftar’s rival, Fayez al-Serraj, who heads Libya’s Tripoli-based internationally recognized government, signed the ceasefire agreement though.
Russian and Turkish intermediaries tried to persuade Gen Haftar and al-Serraj, to end nine-months of fighting in Libya.
Gen Haftar, according to reports had asked for a delay until Tuesday morning to look over details of the proposed truce.
Hafta is a former officer in Muammar Gaddafi’s army who wants to topple the internationally recognized government in Tripoli.
The battle over Tripoli which started in April last year has led to the displacement of millions with thousands sustaining injuries.
Libya has been in turmoil since the overthrow of longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country is ruled by factions.
Eastern Libyan forces have been marching towards the centre of Tripoli for months now seeking to take control of the city.