US says Russia deploys military fighter plane to Libya

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The U.S. military’s regional command for Africa says that the Russian government has deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries operating on the ground there.


"For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict,” according to a statement by U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command. “Well, there is no denying it now.”

The Russian military aircraft deployed to Libya “are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) fight against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord,” the statement said. “The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin.”

Wagner Group was founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an influential Moscow operator also known as “Putin’s chef” for his Kremlin catering contracts. Wagner was instrumental in turning the civil war in Syria in favor of President Bashar al-Assad, a Putin ally, although the Russian government has publicly distanced itself from the actions of Prigozhin and his hired soldiers.

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US says Russia deploys military fighter plane to Libya

2020/05/5AFECA43-2609-4BAA-A631-3823C83E445D-1590497404.jpeg
Read: 872     17:45     26 May 2020    

The U.S. military’s regional command for Africa says that the Russian government has deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries operating on the ground there.


"For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict,” according to a statement by U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command. “Well, there is no denying it now.”

The Russian military aircraft deployed to Libya “are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) fight against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord,” the statement said. “The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin.”

Wagner Group was founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an influential Moscow operator also known as “Putin’s chef” for his Kremlin catering contracts. Wagner was instrumental in turning the civil war in Syria in favor of President Bashar al-Assad, a Putin ally, although the Russian government has publicly distanced itself from the actions of Prigozhin and his hired soldiers.

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