Russia sent 400 pro-regime militias from Syria to Libya to fight for warlord Khalifa Haftar in exchange for money, Anadolu Agency has reported.
The Turkish news agency added that Russia continues to strengthen the ranks of Haftar with mercenaries from Syria, citing to local Syrian sources as saying that at least 400 “Shabiha” militants from the local militia forces, established by the Assad regime in Qamisli region, were sent to eastern Libya by Russia.
The war criminal militants, who joined Haftar’s side in Libya, had arrived at the Russian Khmeimim Air Base in Syria’s Latakia province from the Qamishli airport the previous day.
Russia monthly pays each mercenary sent from Syria to Libya around $1,500-2,000, according to the Anadolu Agency.
“Last month, Russia reached an agreement in Qamishli in the regime-controlled area with 1,000 people aged between 20 and 45, who are also expected to be sent to Libya soon. It is estimated that the number of mercenaries sent by Russia to fight for Haftar from various provinces of Syria has exceeded 5,000 so far.” The report says.