NYT: About 200 Russian fighters arrived in Libya

NYT: About 200 Russian fighters arrived in Libya

According to the newspaper, Russia intervened in the conflict in the interests of the leader of the militia Khalifa Haftar

About 200 Russian fighters have arrived in Libya over the past six weeks as part of the Kremlin’s extensive campaign to reassert influence in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times reported..

The publication writes that now Russia is more straightforward work to influence the outcome of the chaotic civil war in Libya.

It has sent advanced Sukhoi fighters to the country, delivers coordinated missile and high-precision artillery strikes and uses snipers, that is, it plays out the same scenario that made Moscow an influential force in the civil war in Syria, the publication notes..

“Exactly the same is happening as in Syria,” Fathi Bashaga, Interior Minister of the Interim Government of National Unity in Tripoli, told the publication..

Whatever its impact on the outcome, Russian intervention has, in fact, given Moscow the right to veto any settlement of the conflict, the New York Times points out..

Russia intervened on the side of militia leader Khalifa Haftar, who is based in eastern Libya and is also supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and sometimes France..

The newspaper writes that Haftar’s supporters pin their greatest hopes on him for containing radical Islam, suppressing militants and restoring an authoritarian order..

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