EUA acusam Rússia de enviar caças para a Líbia
May 27, 2020 -
As Forças Armadas dos EUA acusaram a Rússia de enviar caças para a
Líbia para apoiar mercenários russos, num sinal da crescente preocupação do Pentágono com o papel de Moscovo numa guerra por procuração.
The U.S. Africa Command said the war planes were expected to provide “close air support and offensive fire” for Russian mercenaries fighting alongside forces loyal to Gen Haftar.
Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army is also supported by the
United Arab Emirates and Egypt, launched his offensive to take the capital of the oil-rich North African country in April last year. But the Turkish military intervention has all but foiled the campaign over the past month.
Turkey backs the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.
The UN says that the Kremlin-backed private military contractor Wagner Group has up to 1,200 people in Libya.
For Mr. Putin, Libya offers a chance to expand his footprint in the Middle East, prompting American fears that it could be the site of a permanent military presence close to the southern flanks of Europe.