Russia has sent to Libya their military aircraft to support the Russian mercenaries of the private military company “Wagner”, participating in armed conflict on the side of the unrecognized government of General Khalifa the Haftarot.
This may 26 said in the command of the armed forces of the United States in Africa.
“Russian military aircraft is likely to provide close air support and offensive attacks for… group “Wagner”, which supports the struggle of the Libyan national army (LNA) against the internationally recognized government of national consensus. Russian fighter jets arrived in Libya from an air base in Russia after the transit through Syria, where, according to estimates, they have been repainted to disguise their Russian origin”, – stated in the message.
The commander of us forces in Africa, General Stephen Townsend believes that “Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in their favor in Libya” and just as Moscow did in Syria, it “is expanding its military footprint in Africa,” using government-backed mercenary groups like “Wagner”.
“For too long Russia has completely denied his involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict. Well, now it is impossible to deny. We watched as Russia sent the fourth-generation fighters in Libya – at every step. LNA and private military companies can equip, operate and maintain these fighters without government support – the support that they receive from Russia”, – said the General.
According to him, in the air campaign, which allegedly wants to start a Haftarah, will participate Russian pilots mercenaries who will fly to Russia supplied the aircraft.
The photographs published by the us military, specified location at the airport two su-35 fighters and four MiG-29.
After the overthrow in 2011 of the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi the country has formed a new government, however, in 2014 it split and in Libya, fighting broke out between the two administrations. One of them – the internationally recognized government of national unity (GNU), which controls Tripoli, the second – “tobrucka the government,” the armed forces which is commanded by Haftar.
About sending Russian mercenaries in Libya in November 2019 wrote the American newspaper The New York Times. According to the newspaper, Russia for six weeks in Libya sent 200 mercenaries, some of whom are snipers. They participated in the fighting on the side of the Haftarot. In addition, the PMC “Wagner”, according to media reports, was engaged in the recruitment of new recruits to the force General in Syria.
According to UN estimates, Libya is set to 1.2 thousand mercenaries of the company “Wagner”.