Russia transferred Su-24 and nuclear bomber at an air base in Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Center for Strategic and International Studies has published satellite images, which confirm that Russia continues to carry out the transfer of its military aircraft to Libya to provide the necessary support to the army of Khalifa Haftar, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The presence of Su-24 bomber in the photographs is unusual – to date, Libya does not have a single aircraft of this model, but is much more remarkable to find a long-range Tu-22 strategic bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons at the Al-Jufra airbase.
On shared satellite imagery, you can see the transportation of the MiG-29 fighter, the appearance of the Su-24 bomber on the runway and the Tu-22 long-range strategic bomber located in the shelter. The latter is indicated as abandoned, however, until recently it was believed that all aircraft of this model have already been destroyed.
Among other things, at the Libyan air base, the Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system was also seen.
However, taking into account the quality of satellite images, it was not possible to establish whether it was Russian versions of these complexes or expert versions.
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 Sarraj, 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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