The EU Council on Foreign Relations published an article on its website, implying that not only Russian militants were deployed to Libya, but also Russian forces were fighting ISIS in the North African oil rich country.
The report referred to a Reuters article, which claimed Russian special forces had been deployed to an Egyptian airbase on the border with Libya, but Moscow confirmed that there were no Russian operations going on in Libya.
Libya has been in a state of chaos since a US-led NATO military assault in 2011 destroyed the entire infrastructure of the country, which led to a power vacuum after the death of longtime leader Colonel Ghadaffi. Today, the country’s west is controlled by the UN-backed government, headquartered in Tripoli.
Italy, France and Britain have deployed thousands of NATO troops to Libya, in order to protect the confiscated oil fields and refineries, that ship the stolen oil to Europe.
Meanwhile, the eastern part of the African country is government by the Libyan parliament, which has its headquarters in Tobruk. The parliament is backed by the Libyan National Army, headed by one of Ghadaffi’s senior commanders, General Khalifa Haftar.
In December 2016, General Haftar went to Moscow to meet with Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov for talks over the situation in the North African country. Back then, the general said he was visiting Moscow to seek Russian help in the fight against extremists.
Before NATO massive bombardments in 2011, Libya was the most developed African country, where Muslim women were allowed to go to the University and married couples received bonuses to start their families. Ghadaffi and Nelson Mandela also wanted to create an African Development Bank, to support Africa’s economic build up.
The West proved to have other plans, and invaded Libya, in order to annex its oil reserves, oust their leader and occupy the oil refineries for the Western oil mafia.
Reuters / AA-Magnum-Blog-News 2017.