The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) shared on June 5 what it called a new “evidence” of Russian interference in Libya.
The supposed evidence is a video recorded by U.S. pilots allegedly showing a Mig-29 fighter jet of the Russian Aerospace Forces en route to Libya.
“Adding Russian fighter aircraft into a very complex and challenging situation in Libya, adds chaos, heightens tension, and deserves spotlighted attention. Russian officials continue to deny their involvement despite very tangible evidence,” U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Karns, director of public affairs in the AFRICOM, said in a statement.
The filmed Mig-29 has no markings. Furthermore, there are no details that allow to udnerstand where the video was taken. Russian warplanes regularly move from and to Syria through Iraqi airspace, where the U.S. Air Force is active.
Last month, the AFRICOM and media sources released several aerial photos and satellite images of what they claimed to be Russian warplanes deployed deployed in Libya, reportedly to support the Libyan National Army (LNA) against the Government of National Accord (GNA).
In spite of these claims, no airstrikes carried out by Russian warplanes have been reported in Libya so far.
While the AFRICOM is pushing the narrative of the Russian direct military interference in Libya (which is untrue), it continues to ignore the ever growing Turkish involvement there. In the last few months, Turkey shipped loads of heavy weapons and deployed thousands of Syrian militants in Libya to support the GNA.