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Russia’s role and involvement in the conflict in Libya is highly criticized by Britain and the United States

On Tuesday Britain and the United States called Moscow to cease sending its mercenaries to Libya. Such statements have been caused by the UN report proving the presence of Russian and Syrian mercenaries in the country.

Russia, in turn, called the specified UN report unreliable, disclaiming any involvement in Libya’s conflict as well as the presence of Russian fighters there.

Jonathan Allen, the UK’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations stated about concern caused by reports and information that other parties continue to provide material, equipment and mercenaries to Libya.

For certain, he meant a shadowy Russian security group, the Wagner Group, considered as having close ties with Vladimir Putin. According to the available data it was founded by Dmitry Utkin, believed to be a former member of a special forces brigade of Russian military intelligence, the GRU. It is not known for sure a way this group is operated and funded, but some media sources suggest the GRU secretly oversees it.

The UK’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations pointed that Group’s activities continued to deepen the conflict and extend the pain of the Libyan people.

He also referred to the UN arms embargo on Libya imposed in 2011, calling all Security Council members to observe the resolutions of this body.

According to the Ambassador Kelly Craft, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, all those involved in the Libyan conflict must immediately terminate military operations there.

She added: “They must halt the ongoing transfer of foreign military equipment and personnel to Libya, including as the United Kingdom mentioned, Wagner Group mercenaries”.

The current Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia stated about “speculation” and that the UN report was aimed at discrediting Russia’s policy in Libya.

It worth mentioning that the confidential UN report has confirmed presence of mercenaries from the Wagner Group in Libya fighting for Khalifa Haftar’s forces as well as the presence of Syrian fighters from Damascus also supporting the military commander.

Meanwhile the acting UN envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams stated on Tuesday that the UN continues to “witness an alarming military build-up as a result of the uninterrupted dispatch by the foreign backers of increasingly sophisticated and lethal weapons, not to mention the recruitment of more mercenaries to both sides of the conflict”.

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