Libya complains to Moscow about Russian mercenaries fighting for Haftar's forces

Libya complains to Moscow about Russian mercenaries fighting for Haftar's forces

October 17, 2019 - 19:31
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj has confirmed that his government has submitted a complaint to Moscow about Russian mercenaries fighting alongside Khalifa Haftar's forces that are leading an offensive against Tripoli.

Speaking on France 24 Channel on Wednesday, Al-Sarraj said his government officials talked to Russian officials about the mercenaries and that his government trusts Moscow's role in Libya's stability.

He also denied that there are any mercenaries fighting alongside Libyan Army forces, saying: "We haven't used mercenaries. We defend ourselves with youths and regular army units."

"Our forces have detained African mercenaries fighting for Haftar's forces and belongings of Russian mercenaries as well." He added.

Al-Sarraj called on the international community and United Nations to have a firm stance against the crimes committed by Haftar, saying his government is documenting all the crimes to file them at local and international organizations to hold the perpetrators accountable.

"There will be no negotiations in the future with those who committed war crimes. I used to meet with Haftar over the last years to reach a political solution, but Haftar was playing gimmicks to buy time." Al-Sarraj remarked.

He also hailed Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel for her efforts to stabilize Libya, adding that negotiations won't be the same as they were before April 04.

Many local and international reports pointed out the Russian mercenaries' involvement in the fighting in Tripoli alongside Haftar's forces, including The Times, which said tens of Russian mercenaries were killed in an airstrike by Libyan Air Force warplanes and that hundreds of them were recruited by Wagner Group to fight for Haftar's forces, especially to operate drones.