Winer: US should have focused strategy in Libya to confront Russia’s influence

The ex-envoy of the United States (US) to Libya, Jonathan Winer, warned of the decline and failure of the US role in Libya while Russia had been tightening its grip on the east and south of the country, adding in an article published by the Middle East Institute that Washington should stop betting on the United Nations “and its repeated and failed efforts.”

Winer said that the US declining role in Libya was due to “the malicious neglect of Libya that characterized Trump’s policy, and then his personal support for Haftar, which led to the crippling of American policy and the complete nullification of its influence.”

He also talked about Russia’s dangerous role, as “Wagner Group and the Russian forces associated with it retreated to Al-Jufra Air Base and began to hide and build from there a wide-ranging network of sites that they use to help Haftar.”

“By relying on Libya as its military base, Russia was able to expand Its influence and military support to governments throughout sub-Saharan Africa.” Winer added.


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