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Russia denies the US accusations concerning aircraft to Libya

Repainting planes to disguise their source is antiquated, given the modern technology of advanced electronics and friend-foe detection (IFF), which can be used to easily identify any military object.

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator

US Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, released a statement on May 26 accusing Russia of sending Russian military aircraft to Libya to support the Libyan National Army (LNA).  The accusations are detailed and include photos and images, which are supposed to convince the reader that Russia sent planes to Syria, where they were repainted to disguise their source, and then flown on to Libya. However, the photos don’t provide evidence of the accusations. The US statement uses the word “assesses” five times, and also uses the phrase “are likely to”.  Those are statements of opinion, and not based on facts or evidence, which could have been presented, had they existed.

Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev is a Colonel General and former Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, and the former Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force branch of the Aerospace Forces, who now heads the defense committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament.  Bondarev stated on May 27, “If the warplanes are in Libya, they are Soviet, not Russian,” and further characterized the US accusations as “stupidity.”

Repainting planes to disguise their source is antiquated, given the modern technology of advanced electronics and friend-foe detection (IFF), which can be used to easily identify any military object.

While the US accuses Russia of interfering in Libya, the US is interfering in many countries around the world, such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Hong Kong, and Libya. Russia, by contrast, is legally in Syria at the request of the Syrian government.

Not only Russia could have supplied these planes to Libya. MiG-29s of various modifications are in service with Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Cuba, Peru, Algeria, Sudan, Egypt, the Republic of Chad, Eritrea, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Poland, and several other countries.

LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari denied the US accusations. He referred to “media rumors and lies” that the US has spread, and explained that last week the LNA repaired four old Libyan jets for use and announced the start of a new series of airstrikes against the Muslim Brotherhood Government of National Accord (GNA) which was founded in 2015 under an UN-led political deal, and had a two-year mandate which expired in 2017.

Stefan Keuter, German politician for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a member of the Bundestag since 2017, urged caution when he told the media, “When it comes to violations of the international treaties and the arms embargo in Libya, the accusations of the United States African Command (AFRICOM) is not enough.”

Before the US-NATO attack to destroy Libya in 2011, the country was the most prosperous in all of Africa, and its leader Qaddafi was planning projects to allow Libya to be free of western domination and neo-colonialism.

Turkey has sent thousands of Syrian terrorists, including ex-ISIS fighters, to Libya to defend the Muslim Brotherhood government of Sarraj.  Lindsey Snell, an American journalist, has created a video in which features Syrian terrorists that are fighting in Libya for the Sarraj militia, on the promise of being paid $2,000 to $2,500 per month by Turkey.  In the video, one of the terrorists declares, “We have Turkey, Qatar, and the US with us. We are NATO, so every country is with us.”  Snell had been kidnapped by Jibhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria supported by Turkey. She managed to escape to Turkey only to be arrested by the Turkish military on the accusation of being a CIA operative.

Libyan National Army (LNA) has been led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar since April 2019 and is appointed by the Libyan parliament, which is the only legitimate body in Libya today.

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) leader Fayez al-Sarraj appears to have his hands tied by the Muslim Brotherhood, who have dominated Libya’s Presidential Council.  Sarraj has the direct backing of Turkey and support from many jihadist organizations in Libya. His private militia RAAD has kidnapped and held a Russian sociologist and his translator since May 2019 in a private prison near Tripoli airport.

Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari had said in March, the Muslim Brotherhood had appointed members to high positions in the Tripoli-based Central Bank to “finance its groups and militias”.

Steven Sahiounie is an award-winning journalist.

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Olivia Kroth
May 30, 2020

Good luck to General Haftar!

Carlton Meyer
May 30, 2020

“While the US accuses Russia of interfering in Libya”
That’s funny because it was the USA that destroyed Libya in 2011 and caused this chaos:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Lh4HUyudk
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

TASS:
 
Malta seizes shipment of Libyan banknotes in breach of international law
 
https://tass.com/politics/1162203

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. Malta’s customs seized the consignment of Libyan Central Bank’s banknotes in 2019 in the breach of international law, and it is not legal to brand them counterfeit, Russia’s Goznak printing factory said in a statement on Saturday. “In September 2019, the Maltese customs detained the cargo with the banknotes belonging to Libya’s Central Bank in the breach of the norms of international law,” the statement says.   Goznak pointed out that the banknotes manufactured for that shipment were a modified series of the previous banknotes and therefore, have visual differences compared to those.   “The samples… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

TASS:
 
US Department of State statements are counterfeit, not Libyan dinars seized illegally in Malta
 
https://tass.com/politics/1162181

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. The statements released by the US Department of State about the production of “counterfeit” Libyan dinars by the Russian Goznak printing factory are untenable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. “Those are not Libyan dinars that are forged but the US American statements are forged. Russia persistently insists that there is no alternative to a political solution within the framework of broad intra-Libyan dialogue and [calls for] the strict compliance with the resolutions adopted by the international community on Libya,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The ministry added that dinars printed by… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Russia needs strong military naval bases in the Libyan coastal cities of Tripoli and Benghazi to stop US instigated piracy in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Reply to  Olivia Kroth
June 1, 2020

‘US Department of Incredulous Statements’ suits it better.

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

NATO destroyed the flourishing Libyan Arab Yamahirya and murdered the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Then they tried to erase his memory by blocking all texts and videos about him on the internet. If we want to know more about Muammar Gaddafi, we need to watch Russian videos:
 
 

 

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

The Great Leader Muammar Gaddafi helped Libya to become prosperous. Today, Libya lies in ruins, after NATO bombarded the rich oil country in order to steal their oil and block the gold dinar that Gaddafi wanted to introduce. I hope that General Haftar will be able to continue Gaddafi’s work.
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Beautiful Benghazi in Libya (2010), before NATO destroyed it. It serves all NATO countries right that they now have big economic problems due to coronavirus, and civil war (racial unrest) in the USA! What goes round, comes round …
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Splendid Tripoli, the capital of Libya (2010), before NATO destroyed it. I will cry big crocodile tears, when Paris, New York, Michigan, Detroit and all the other big cities of NATO countries encounter the same fate, due to civil unrest. Why should they be spared? Remember what you did to Libya!
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Bittersweet memories of Tripoli and the Libyan coastline in the 1960s, which used to be the North African “Cote d’Azur”:
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Pictures of old Tripoli, Libya, in the 1960s. The exquisite capital of Libya on the Mediterranean coast was as elegant and beautiful as Nice and Cannes on the Cote d’Azur. NATO countries bombarded it out of envy and jealousy.
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

A libyan citizen shows what Tripoli looked like under the great leader Muammar Gaddafi. “How I lived in Libya under Gaddafi”:
 

 
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

President Putin met the great leader Muammar Gaddafi of Libya in a Bedouin tent. French singer Mireille Mathieu was also invited:
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Colonel Gaddafi’s first trip to Moscow:
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Colonel Gaddafi visits Chad (1998):
 

Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

The Libyan leader Gaddafi visited Robben Island in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated:
 

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Meeting between Muammar Gaddafi and Nelson Mandela, two great African leaders against apartheid:
 

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 31, 2020

Maybe this will resonate in US American ears? Apartheid and racial wars will never end ….
 

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