Russia has increased its logistical support for Wagner’s private military in Africa, namely Libya, with about 338 cargo flights from Syria in nine months. This was reported from the as-yet-unre published report of independent observers, which was presented to the Un Security Council Sanctions Committee against Libya, Reuters reported.
“Direct Russian military logistics support for Wagner’s CVC and possibly other private military companies based in the Russian Federation (…) increased significantly from January 2020 to June 2020,” the report, which lists about 338 “suspicious Russian military aircraft flights from Syria” to Libya between November 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020.
The report also notes that Turkey, the UAE, Jordan, Russia, and Qatar have violated the UN Security Council embargo on the supply of arms to Libya: “The arms embargo is still absolutely not respected.” The agency says U.N. missions in those countries were not available for comment on the allegations in the report. In addition, independent observers said in the report that Egypt, Jordan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Turkey, and the UAE violated U.N. sanctions because they did not search “cargoes of suspicious commercial vessels or aircraft bound for Libya, for which there were reasonable grounds.”
In early July, the U.S. State Department called on the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to sever ties with Russia. According to Washington, the LNA’s connection with Wagner’s CVC, through which the Russian Defense Ministry allegedly influences the events in Libya, as well as the suspension of oil production, goes against the interests of Libya and the United States.
On June 17, the U.S. Army African Command announced that 2,000 Wagner CVC fighters were fighting on the LNA side.
In 2011, a civil war broke out in Libya. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who had ruled the country since 1969, was overthrown and killed. Libya is currently in a dual-power situation: in the east, the city of Tobruk is home to the House of Representatives and the LNA is based, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west in Tripoli, a government of national accord formed with the support of the UN Security Council.