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US states Russia sent jets to Libya ‘mercenaries’

US states Russia sent jets to Libya ‘mercenaries’
Image copyright AFP Image caption On 20 May Government of National Accord (GNA) troops in Tripoli paraded a captured Russian Pantsir air defence system The US military has accused Russia of sending fighter jets to Libya to support Russian mercenaries there. There was no immediate response from the Russian Defence Ministry to the US Africa…

On 20 May GNA troops in Tripoli paraded a captured Russian Pantsir air defence system

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On 20 Might Government of National Accord (GNA) troops in Tripoli paraded a recorded Russian Pantsir air defence system.

Previously this month a leaked UN report spoke of hundreds of mercenaries from the shadowy Wagner Group running in Libya.

The country has issued a brand-new call for a Libya ceasefire and political talks.

Russia has not verified the existence of Wagner mercenaries in Libya.

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GNA officer Capt Qanunu positioned next to a MiG-23 at the captured al-Watiya airbase.

According to the UN-recognised Federal Government of National Accord (GNA), more than 1,000 Wagner fighters left a location south of Tripoli aboard Russian transportation aircrafts, having actually been pressed back by GNA soldiers.

That evacuation was not confirmed by Gen Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), nor by Russia.

The US Africom declaration on Tuesday stated: “Moscow recently deployed military fighter airplane to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military professionals (PMCs) running on the ground there.”

” Russian military aircraft are most likely to offer close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s fight,” it stated.

” The Russian fighter airplane arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is examined they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin.”

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Media caption What lags the fight for Libya?

Turkey is supporting the GNA in Tripoli, and Turkey’s Sabah newspaper earlier reported that eight Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 warplanes had actually flown from Syria to Libya to assist the LNA.

United States Army Gen Stephen Townsend, commanding Africom, said: “Russia is plainly trying to tip the scales in its favour in Libya … utilizing government-supported mercenary groups like Wagner”.

” We saw as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya – every action of the method.

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