The US that sponsored the 2011 regime change in Libya putting an end to the country’s statehood and bringing the chaos to the territory, is now concered the the alleged presence of Russian troops there is “destabilizing.”
On November 26, David Schenker, the assistant secretary for near eastern affairs at the State Department claimed that Russian troops were sent to Libya “in significant numbers” to support the Libya National Army (LNA). This alleged move, Schenker claimed, “raises the specter of large-scale casualties among the civilian population.”
The US diplomat provided no details regarding the supposed numbers of Russian troops deployment and their locations. Despite this, mainstream media outlets cover the ‘wide-scale’ Russian military presence as a confirmed fact. This can berely be confirmed by any evidence from the ground.
At the same time, it should be noted that there is no secret that some Russia-linked private military contractors are operating in the country. Some limited presence of the Russian Special Forces, as special forces of any another country involved in the Big Middle East Game, is also possible.
In own turn, the US and other Western states are backing the Government of National Acrrod, which relies on various militant groups and even al-Qaeda linked radicals to combat the LNA.