“The Russians have infiltrated the southern flank of NATO. They project influence in Black Africa,” the administration representative added, whose words were distributed by the State Department at a briefing.
The official also recalled that Libya is a major supplier of oil and gas. “This is not as serious an engine of interest as it once was, but it is still a factor in global economic issues,” he added.
At the same time, the White House representative did not rule out that Libya will turn into “another uncontrolled space where terrorists can act with impunity.”
On Tuesday, the US special Envoy for Libya, Richard Norland, said that armed groups trained in Libya are operating in Chad; the so-called Wagner PMCs are involved in supporting them.
Earlier, the Western media repeatedly published publications about confidential reports of the group of experts of the UN Security Council sanctions committee on Libya, which claimed that employees of the Wagner PMC, as well as some other companies, are present in the country and support the forces of Khalifa Haftar.
As Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia said at the end of 2020, “Western colleagues mainly refer to the information of the group of experts of the UN Security Council Committee on Libya.” According to him, it is noteworthy that reports mentioning Russia, “despite their closed nature, are constantly leaked to the press.”
Nebenzia stressed that for the most part this information is “based on unverified or falsified data and is aimed at discrediting Russia’s policy in the Libyan direction.” The Permanent Representative called it an obvious order.
According to him, Moscow has no doubts about the Western origin of some unnamed sources referred to by experts. The Permanent Representative stated that “these are the same Western countries that destroyed the Libyan statehood in 2011 and provoked the crisis that is still ongoing.”
After the overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya ceased to function as a single state. Over the past few years, there has been a confrontation in the country between the Government of National Accord of Fayez Sarraj, who sat in Tripoli in the west of the country, and the authorities in the east of Libya, who were supported by the Libyan National Army under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.