The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LONDON – British newspaper The Sun reported on Monday that Russia is sending troops and missiles into Libya “in bid to enforce stranglehold on the West”.
The Sun said that “dozens” of officers from the GRU military spy service as well as its Spetznaz special forces wing are already on the ground in eastern Libya, initially carrying out training and liaison roles. The newspaper also said that Kalibr anti-ship missiles and state of the art S300 air defence missile systems are also now believed to be on the ground in Libya.
The Sun quoted a UK intelligence source claiming that Moscow is sending missiles to Libya to get a stranglehold on European immigration routes and British intelligence have warned Prime Minister Theresa May about it.
“What Putin is doing in Libya is straight out of his playbook for Syria and Crimea before that”, the newspaper’s source said, adding, “The fact is we are extremely vulnerable to both immigration flows and oil shock from Libya.”
Following The Sun’s report, Commons Foreign Affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat said: “It’s is extremely alarming Russia wants to open up a new front against the West in Libya, but it should also come as no surprise. They will without a doubt try to exploit migration routes across Africa.”
“We need a coordinated government response because the destabilization of a sub-Saharan country is intimately linked to UK national security.”, Tugendhat concluded
The Russian government has not officially responded yet to The Sun’s report and its claims.