Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on reports of Russian mercenaries in Libya. According to the head of state, if there are such people in Libya, then they do not represent the interests of the Russian state.
“If there are Russian citizens there, they do not represent the interests of the Russian state and do not receive money from the Russian state,” Putin said, answering a question about the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about “two thousand mercenaries of the Wagner military company in Libya.”
He added that there are many mercenaries in the conflict zone, including “a significant number of mercenaries have been transferred from the Idlib zone in Syria to the conflict zone in Libya”.
“This is a very dangerous process. Mr. Erdogan and I also spoke about this yesterday. We hope that after our agreement – based on the fact that they will be executed by the conflicting parties in Syria – the hostilities will cease, and at the same time, the transfer of additional contingents of mercenaries to Libya, including from the Syrian Arab Republic, will also stop, ”the President said. at a press conference following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Merkel and Putin news conference in Moscow