Washington is pressuring the parties to the Libyan conflict to continue hostilities
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MOSCOW, (BM) – The United States can transfer military equipment to Libya in order to achieve its interests, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing an article at RIA Novosti news agency with reference to a Russian diplomatic source.
He [the source – ed.] said that American military transport planes regularly fly from the German Ramstein base to the cities of Tripoli and Misurata in the west of the country. According to the source, Washington is trying to push the parties to the Libyan conflict to continue military operations.
The interlocutor of the news agency suspects that the goods that the US side is moving to the west of Libya are military in nature. Their distribution will probably be handled by a special unit of the African Command of the US Armed Forces (USAFRICOM), which is located near the border with Tunisia.
On June 17, USAFRICOM announced that on the side of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, two thousand fighters of Wagner’s private military company are fighting. They allegedly participated in all hostilities during the 14-month offensive in Tripoli.
PMC Wagner – an unofficial armed group, which is associated with St. Petersburg businessman Eugene Prigozhin. His mercenaries are believed to provide security services in several African countries. According to some reports, they also took part in the hostilities in Donbass, Syria and went to Sudan to support President Omar al-Bashir.
In 2011, a civil war broke out in Libya. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country since 1969, was overthrown and killed. At present, there is a situation of dual power in Libya: in the east in the city of Tobruk there is a parliament led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in the west in Tripoli – a government of national accord.
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
Read more: The Russian-Turkish war games in Libya
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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