Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday called for an immediate cease-fire to end the almost decadelong Libyan civil war and said Moscow sought for the conflict to be resolved through dialogue.
Though Russia has been calling for dialogue, a new U.N. report brought to light last week that Moscow’s support for Libya’s putschist general had enhanced.
Some 70 resupply flights have landed in eastern airports in support of Haftar’s so-called Libyan National Army since July 8, Stephanie Williams, deputy head of the U.N. Support Mission in Libya told the U.N. Security Council.
Though the envoy did not name any countries by name, a U.N. report revealed that Russia had stepped up its logistic support for the private military contractor “Wagner Group” in Libya with some 338 military cargo flights from Syria in the nine months leading up to July 31 to aid Wagner fighters backing Haftar.
The U.N. report seen by Reuters last Wednesday assessed “that direct Russian Federation military logistic support to “Wagner Group”, and possibly the other Russian Federation based private military companies … significantly increased from January to June 2020.”
It listed some 338 “suspicious flights from Syria by Russian Federation military aircraft” to Libya between Nov. 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020.In a confidential May report, sanctions monitors said that the Russia-based “Wagner Group” had up to 1,200 people deployed in Libya.