The Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation, Victor Bondarev, announced, Wednesday, that the statement of the Commander of the US Military Command in Africa (AFRICOM) regarding Russia’s supply of MiG-29 fighters to Libya is more like Kind of stupid.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bondarev added, the former Soviet MiG-29s were fighting around the world, and Libya was no exception.
He added, “This is not the only country in Africa that has and still has.
By the way, these fighters proved their worth in the Syrian Air Force during the war against terrorists on the ground.
Therefore, if there are aircraft in Libya, they are not Russian, but Soviet.
The US Military Command in Africa (AFRICOM) said on Tuesday that the Russian government has deployed military fighters in Libya to support “Russian mercenaries who are there on the ground”.
“For a long time, Russia has denied the extent of involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict… Well, there is no room for denial now”, Bloomberg news agency quoted General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the command, as saying in a statement.
The fighters said, “The fighters will likely provide close air support and offensive support to the Wagner (paramilitary) group that supports the Libyan National Army in fighting against the internationally recognized government of National Accord”.
Moscow supports eastern Libya (Libyan National Army) forces stationed in the east, led by Khalifa Haftar, in its conflict with the government of national reconciliation recognized by the United Nations and receiving support from Turkey.
Libya is subject to a United Nations arms embargo.
A member of the Russian Parliament said earlier today that Russia had not sent any members of the army to Libya and that the Federation Council, the Supreme Council of Parliament, had not received any request for approval.
The US military added in a series of tweets, that the planes were led by Russian military personnel and accompanied by Russian fighter jets to Libya, indicating a higher level of intervention by Moscow.
The tweets reported that the planes first landed in Tubruk in eastern Libya and then moved to Al Jafra in central Libya, which is a stronghold for the national army.
It added that 14 Russian combat aircraft had hidden their features and reached Al Jafra.
Haftar suffered a series of military setbacks in the recent period during an attack launched to control the capital, Tripoli. On Saturday, the mayor of Bani Walid, south of Tripoli, said that Russian fighters had been airlifted out of the town after they left the front lines on the outskirts of the capital.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that the situation in Libya was very worrying and warned that the Syrian scenario was being repeated there.