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British concern about sending Russian fighters to Libya

The British Foreign Office has expressed “concern” over the sending of Russian fighters from Syria to Libya

The British Foreign Office said in a written statement: “We are worried about the recent American news that spoke of sending Russian fighters from Syria to Libya, and of the growing evidence of Russia’s involvement in supporting the forces of General Khalifa Haftar in Libya.”

The statement stressed that “this external interference exacerbates the conflict and undermines the peace process led by the United Nations, calling on the Libyan parties to contribute to the efforts made towards a ceasefire and a return to political dialogue.”

On May 21, the Libyan Minister of Interior, Fathi Pashaga, announced the dispatch of 6 Soviet-made Mig-29 fighters and two Su-24s from Russia’s Hmeimim base in Syria to Haftar forces in eastern Libya.

British concern about sending Russian fighters to Libya

And while the First Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Russian State Duma Andrei Krasov said, the talk about his country sending fighters to Libya does not reflect the truth.

Krasov added: “This is false information, as is the practice of previous US administrations.”

And Wednesday, the US military command in Africa, Africom, revealed that Russia had hidden the identity of at least 14 war fighters at a military base in Syria, before sending it to Libya.

AFRICOM said in the statement that it had detected “the launch of the MiG-29 and Sukhoi 24 fighters from Russia this May, and it was carrying the emblem of the Russian Air Force,

But after landing at the Hmeimim (western) base in Syria, the MiG-29 fighters were repainted, leaving the base without any marks.

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