Contents tagged with Libya

  • Malta seizes $1 billion of Russia printed Libyan currency destined for Haftar’s government

    The Maltese government has seized more than $1 billion of "counterfeit" Libyan currency that was printed by the Russian state-owned company Goznak, stated the U.S  State Department on its website.

    The seizure of a batch of Libyan dinars, which is worth $1.1 billion, was carried out on May 26, the statement said, in terms of the U.S. currency.

    “$1.1 billion of counterfeit Libyan currency printed by Joint Stock Company Goznak—a Russian state-owned company—and ordered by an illegitimate parallel …

  • Russian mercenaries start leaving Libya

    Fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner arrived at Bani Waled airfield in Libya. The video published on Thursday, May 28, by the Telegram channel "Military Informant" shows vehicles loaded with equipment entering the airfield. The Wagner fighters can be seen near the cargo plane. Presumably, they are leaving the country. As the Military Informant notes, it is not known at this time whether all troops will be withdrawn from Libya or whether it is a rotation of the personnel. …

  • Russian mercenaries leave western Libya

    More than one and a half thousand fighters of the Russian private military company Wagner have left western Libya, stated by Colonel Mohammad Kununu, a spokesman for the Libyan government forces, as cited by Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

    According to him, earlier the Russian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Libyan National Army under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar against the Libyan government forces in the area of Tripoli. Some time ago up to 1.6 thousand of them left the …

  • Six MiG-29 fighter jets transferred from Russian Khmeimim air base to Haftar's Army in Libya

    At least six MiG-29 and Su-24 fighter jets have been deployed from Syria to Libya, said the head of the Interior Ministry of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathi Bashagha, reports Interfax.

    The planes were delivered to the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) which is headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

    According to Bashagha, these planes were previously located at the Khmeimim airbase belonging to the Russian Armed Forces. According to the agency, it is unclear …

  • Turkish media: Russia recruits Syrian militants to fight in Libya

    Russia is allegedly inviting Syrians supporting the Assad government in the military conflict to go to fight in eastern Libya on the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu with reference to "local sources" in the Syrian Arab Republic .

    In the end of April, in Daraa province in southern Syria, a "Russian military delegation led by a high-ranking officer" has met several times "with groups of Syrian mercenaries who had previously fought for money on the …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not support Haftar’s statement about transition of power to Libyan National Army

    Russia does not approve of the statement of the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on the transition of power in the country to LNA, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after an informal video meeting of the BRICS Council of Foreign Ministers.

    "We do not support the recent statement by Mr. Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord, who refused to speak with Field Marshal Haftar, and we do not approve …

  • Wagner mercenaries accused of using chemical weapons in battle near Tripoli

    Russian mercenaries from the private military company the Wagner Group used chemical weapons in the fighting in the Tripoli area, stated by the Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord of Libya (GNA) Fathi Bashagha, Anadolu reports.

    According to him, Wagner's mercenaries used nerve gas against GNA forces in the Salah al-Din area of southern Tripoli.

    Bloomberg previously reported that about a hundred mercenaries of Wagner's private military company arrived in Libya in …

  • Russian mercenaries withdrawn from Libya

    The Wagner private military company (PMC) has withdrawn completely from Libya due to a truce between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), InterRight reports.

    A letter from one of the Russian mercenaries has been leaked online, and indicates that all of the Wagner PMC mercenaries who were in Libya have been sent home before the scheduled end of their trip. The source of the information boasts that he was already back in Russia by February 23 to celebrate …

  • Kremlin denies presence of Russian soldiers in Libya

    There are no Russian troops in Libya, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday, commenting on a statement by Turkish President Recep Erdogan that Moscow is providing mercenaries to Khalifa Haftar’s army, which is laying siege to Tripoli.

    “Vladimir Putin, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, has not sent troops to Libya, he has not given any orders in this regard,” Interfax cites Peskov as saying.

    When asked to comment on the media reports on the death of a Russian …

  • Erdogan: Russia is spearheading the war in Libya

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Russia is spearheading the conflict in Libya "at the highest level." He noted that Ankara will continue to support the Government of National Accord which is headed by the Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj.

    "Russia is currently spearheading the war there at the highest level," NTV news channel quotes Erdogan as saying.

    Earlier, Russia abstained in a vote in the UN Security Council on a resolution in support of the results of the Berlin Conference on …