In a recent development, Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan military commander, is reportedly seeking increased support from Russia. This information comes amidst reported disagreements between the Wagner forces stationed in Syria and Libya and the Kremlin, according to the American newspaper, The Monitor.
A Russian diplomatic source, quoted by the newspaper, stated that Wagner’s presence in Libya is a critical issue. It is associated with the restructuring of Wagner’s presence and the logistical support extended to it.
The newspaper also cited “Telegram” channels affiliated with Wagner elements. These channels reported that their forces had threatened Yunus Bek Yevkurov, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister, with an attack on an unofficial Russian military facility in Libya.
Yevkurov is reportedly attempting to persuade African authorities to decline direct cooperation with Wagner. In return, he is offering these countries official Russian support.
The Monitor further reported that the Russian army proposed a transition for Wagner to another private military company named Redot. This company is currently working on expanding its presence in Syria and Libya.
Haftar arrived in Russia last Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations with the Russians, where he met Deputy Defense Minister Yunus Bek Yevkurov.