RFE: U.S. Commander Says Russians Looking To Expand Influence In Libya
The chief of the U.S. military’s Africa Command says Russia is attempting to expand its influence in Libya, something the United States is watching with "great concern."
General Thomas Waldhauser on March 24 said Russia was "on the ground" in the border area between Egypt and Libya and was using military means, weapon sales, and oil to expand its influence in the country.
"They are trying to influence the action -- we watch what they do with great concern," Waldhauser told a news conference. "They are on the ground.”
Earlier this month, AFP and Reuters reported that Russia had deployed forces to a base in western Egypt about 100 kilometers from the border with Libya.
Russia denied the reports.
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