About 70 soldiers of the Libyan army under the command of Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot, was sent for treatment in Russia. About it reports Reuters with reference to sources in military and government.
According to military sources, the wounded were first taken by plane from the airport in Benghazi to Egypt, where they were then shipped to Russia. This “transfer” soldiers will not last, said the Agency interlocutor.
Haftar heads the Armed forces of Libya, reporting to the Parliament. Troops under his command fighting with a banned terrorist group “Islamic state”. The government of massoglia in the capital Tripoli, which was created with the support of the United Nations in 2016, the Haftarot are not supported.
In November last year, Haftar arrived in Moscow on an official visit. He met in the Russian capital with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. During the meeting, the foreign Minister praised the role of the Haftorah “in defending the territorial integrity of Libya”. In summer, Haftarah met in Moscow with defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Secretary of the security Council Nikolai Patrushev.
In January, the media quoted the defense Ministry reported that Haftar called for the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”, making the transition from the Mediterranean sea to Severomorsk.
Earlier, in September, the newspaper “Izvestia” wrote that Haftar has asked Russian authorities to begin deliveries of weapons to Libya. The Kremlin then said that he had not received messages, and do not know “what channels it could be transferred”.