Authored by U.S. Army War College professor Stephen Blank, the report
said Libya has played a significant role in Russia's strategy in the
Mediterranean and the Middle East. The report said Libya was prepared to
supply the Russian Navy with docking rights in the North African state.
"Beyond that, Libya has also reportedly offered Russia a naval base in
Benghazi while Syria has offered Moscow a naval base at Tartous," the report
"These events suggest that in return for arms sales host states are
being pressured to give Moscow access to foreign bases."
The report said Russia appears to be supplying Tripoli with weapons from
Belarus. Blank said the Gadhafi regime has sought additional weapons in its
war with the Western-backed rebel movement.
"Moreover, Russia might still be supplying weapons covertly to Libya
through Belarus, a habitual conduit of weapons to places where Russia wishes
to retain deniability, since Libya has recently asked Belarus for more
weapons," the report said.
"Syria's importance as a buyer of Russian arms,
often paid for by Saudi or Iranian subsidies to Syria, is of a comparable
economic and strategic magnitude."