The mercenaries' retreat from Tripoli over the weekend was the latest setback for rebel leader Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and his foreign supporters, who for over a year have attempted to take the capital from the United Nations -backed Government of National Accord (GNA), also supported by Turkey.
That evacuation was not confirmed by Gen Haftar's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), nor by Russian Federation. AFRICOM did not say how many aircraft were transferred or when exactly they arrived in Libya.
Gen. Jeff Harrigan, commander of United States air forces in Europe and Africa, called the introduction of anti access/area denial systems Russia's "next logical step" in Libya.
Russian military aircraft 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.
Noteworthy, along with the satellite shot, AFRICOM has also released a series of photographs and stills of Russian fighter jets, including MiG-29s, Su-34s and Su-35s, shot by spyplanes or drones' EO/IR sensors or targeting pods.
He added: "For too long, Russian Federation has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict". Well, there is no denying it now. "Well, there is no denying it now", said US Army General Stephen Townsend in the Africom statement. Recently, a number of fighter jets of Russian design had been transferred from Russia to the base - an early new Offensive for the conquest of Tripoli, is considered to be possible; Haftars air force chief has announced massive attacks on Turkish targets.
Townsend previously told Congress in January that if Russian Federation obtains bases in Libya and introduces long-range weapons systems, it would pose a security risk to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, limiting the alliance's access to its southern flank.
By contrast, the United States position on Libya is very unclear. The GNA is supported by Turkish-backed Syrian fighters.
Townsend as a substitute mentioned Russian involvement through the Wagner Group had extended the battle and exacerbated casualties. Russian Federation has not commented on the images of the planes, but previously denied any direct state involvement in Libya.
"The Russians have supplied aircraft all along under the guise of spare parts".
He questioned the answer's stability because the anti-Haftar alliance within the west might disintegrate and political actors within the east may even see Haftar's failure to seize Tripoli as a political alternative.
He mentioned it might but signify a diplomatic alternative for impartial exterior states akin to Germany to block additional unfavorable interventions and stop Libya changing into a consumer state of exterior powers.
She mentioned: "Libya is now an accountability-free zone and it has been that way since 2011. Now it is simply not there".
A weird Episode of the latest report of the UN experts, revealed violations of the Embargo document: The Emirates had recruited, therefore, in 2019, a group of 20 mercenaries from South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States promoted.