Haftar acquired Russian defense systems to protect by Turkish F-16 and drones
TRIPPOLI, (BM) – The MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 bombers that appeared at the LNA are now protected by Russian Buk air defense systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing news agency Aviapro.
Earlier, these complexes were not listed in the arsenal of Libya, which again caused a lot of accusations against Russia regarding the supply of high-performance weapons to the LNA forces.
“Medium-range Buk missile defense systems (M1-2 or M2) were transferred to the Al-Jufra airbase to the Libyan National Air Force to protect it from attacks by Turkish F-16 fighters! Several Pantsir air defense missile systems arriving from the UAE are also based here,” said Maltese expert Babak Tagway.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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