The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t ordered to send Russian forces to Libya, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on recent allegations by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow manages the Libyan war at an official level.
“No, Vladimir Putin as commander-in-chief of the Russian forces hasn’t sent forces to Libya, there was no such order”, Peskov told journalists.
Since April last year, the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has been battling militias allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). These militias have been the main source of chaos and instability in the capital since the overthrow of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The conflict saw a grave escalation last December when GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj signed a military deal with Turkish President Erdogan which paved the way for Ankara to send some of its troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to Tripoli.