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Russia in recent months has transferred to Libya the military contingent. About it told RBC a source in the Russian defense Ministry.
We are talking about several dozens of elite airborne units. They were transferred to Eastern Libya from the suburban parts.
RBC also reports the words of a source close to the Libyan authorities, that Russia really conducts military activity in the region. Ally of Moscow in the country is the head of the Libyan national army Marshal Khalifa Haftar. It is noted that the Russian presence associated with oil and gas interests.
Earlier, on 9 October, British intelligence reported to Prime Minister of great Britain Teresa may that Russia sends troops to Libya. It was alleged that Moscow “wants to turn Libya into a new Syria” and to take control of the major route of illegal migration to Europe.
As The Sun wrote, the Kremlin supports the Haftarot and supplying his troops with heavy weapons. In Eastern Libya are already officers of military intelligence and special forces, who arrived there for training and maintenance of a communication channel. Also in the coastal cities of Tobruk and Benghazi are two Russian military bases, which operate under the guise of a private military company Wagner who already have outposts there. In addition, the source believes that Libya hosts a Russian anti-ship system “Caliber” and anti-aircraft missile systems s-300.
In the state Duma said that any statements on the subject of Russia’s presence in Libya are unfounded.
In 2011, the Libyan civil war began after the overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi, part of the territory was captured by the radical Islamists. Currently the country has two governments: in the East in the city of Tobruk, sits a Parliament elected by people, and in the West in Tripoli has set with the support of the UN and Western countries, the national consensus government.
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