WASHINGTON, (BM) – Russia is transferring military aircraft to Libya in order to prepare for itself a bridgehead in this country, said General Gregory Hadfield, deputy chief of intelligence for the US African Command, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“The support of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Haftar (LNA commander Khalifa Haftar-IF) is not carried out to win the war, but to gain a foothold in the region,” the commander said to a small group of journalists.
He reiterated that Russia, through Iran and Syria, had deployed 14 MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 bombers to Libya, which are now located at the Al-Dzhufra military air base controlled by the LNA.
According to him, the fighters have not yet taken part in the hostilities, however, they strengthen the Haftar army, but they will not be able to play a decisive role in the Libyan civil war.
Earlier, representatives of the LNA and Russia officially denied reports of Russian combat aircraft in Libya.
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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