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Tripoli proposed US to place a base to contain Russia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Interior Minister in the Libyan Government of National Accord ( PNS ) Fathi Bashaga, in an interview with Bloomberg, said the Tripoli authorities “would not mind” the construction of an American base in Libya, as this would serve as a deterrent to the intervention of other countries.

“ Libya is important in the Mediterranean: its oil wealth, stretching over 1.9 thousand kilometers of coast, ports make it the gateway to Africa in the eyes of Russia . If the United States asks for a base, we, as the Libyan government, would not mind – to fight terrorism, organized crime and keeping at a distance other countries that intervene,” said the Minister.

The minister also commented on US plans to adjust the military presence in Africa. “We do not fully understand (plans. – Approx. Ed.) On redeployment. <…> But we hope that this redeployment will take Libya into account so as not to leave room for Russia’s maneuver,” he said.

“The Russians in Libya are not just for Haftar. They have a great strategy in Libya and Africa,” Bashaga added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry previously denied that Russia allegedly supported the war in Libya through the operation of its PMCs, and the Kremlin said that the commander in chief did not send Russian troops to Libya.

Earlier, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, said that the United States will adjust its presence in Africa, although there is no talk of a complete withdrawal of military personnel from there.

According to him, this is being carried out as part of a competition strategy with world powers – Russia and China. In late December, the New York Times, citing a source, reported that US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was considering proposals for a massive reduction in military personnel in West Africa, including the complete withdrawal of troops.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Dual power reigns in the country now. The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, rules.

The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the army of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

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