The United States said on Friday that Russia had sent more military equipment to Libya, in violation of the arms embargo imposed on the country.
Russia, in addition to the UAE and Egypt, supports forces in eastern Libya, known as the (Libyan National Army), led by Khalifa Haftar.
On the other side, Turkey supports the internationally recognized government of national reconciliation, based in Tripoli.
Previously, Russia, as well as eastern Libya forces, had denied US allegations that Moscow had sent combat aircraft to support the forces of Russias Special Wagner military group there.
On Friday, the Pentagon said that the weapons Russia sent included combat aircraft, air defense missiles, landmines, and armored vehicles.
The ministry released satellite images, which it said showed military equipment sent by the Wagner Group to the “front lines” of the conflict in the city of Sirte.
The pictures show a Russian Ilyushin “El-76S” arms shipment, combat aircraft, SA-22 missile launchers, heavy trucks, and anti-mine armored vehicles, in Sirte and the Al-Khadim airbase in eastern Benghazi, according to the Pentagon.
General Bradfor Gering, director of operations for the US military in Africa, Africom, said the pictures are proof that “Moscow is building its presence in Libya alongside the strongman in eastern Libya, Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who is launching a military operation to seize power from the reconciliation government that Supported by the United Nations in Tripoli. ”
“The type and size of the equipment demonstrate an intention to build capabilities for long-term offensive military action, not humanitarian aid, and they indicate that the Russian Ministry of Defense supports these operations,” Gereng said in a statement.
Africom says it has documented Russias dispatch of 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 aircraft to Libya through the Wagner Group.
AFRICOM last week accused the group of planting mines in and around Tripoli.
Washington says Russias activities violate the United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
“Federal Russia continues to violate UN Security Council Resolution 1970 by engaging in providing military equipment and fighters to the front lines of conflict in Libya,” Africom said in a statement.