The mercenaries of Russian paramilitary company Wagner they represent a "harmful and deleterious" element in Libya: they say they want to fight terrorism, but the truth is that "they plunder the countries where they are present, putting public security at risk and reducing respect for human rights". A spokesperson for the US State Department told "Agenzia Nova" after the publication of an announcement signed by Igor Korotchenko, director of the magazine "National Defense", which explains that the Moscow authorities are working with the Libya for the creation of a Russian military corps in Africa. The announcement was published after Moscow's deputy defense minister, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, visited Libya at the invitation of the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khalifa Haftar. In the text, the Kremlin accuses the United States and NATO of being Africa's main opponents. The Russian African Corps will have to conduct "large-scale military operations on the continent", to counter Western influence and support countries "attempting to finally free themselves from neocolonial dependence". The State Department spokesperson said the Wagner group “destabilized Libya,” using it as a platform to organize its activities in the region.
In this regard, the spokesperson recalled that in 2020, as also reported by the United States Command for'Africa, Russian mercenaries planted hundreds of mines during the withdrawal from Tripoli: the devices led to the deaths of over 300 people between May 2020 and March 2022. “The Wagner group also hindered the electoral process in 2021, and has no interest in a political solution to the Libyan conflict,” he explained, adding that Russian mercenaries must “immediately leave” the country and respect the will of the people of Libya, as all other foreign forces active in the country should do. “Since the fall of Gaddafi, paramilitary and mercenary organizations have attempted to fill the power vacuum that has been created, and the involvement of Russian forces is proof of this: their presence puts the country's independence at risk", he continued, underlining that the General Haftar "should not rely on Putin: no one should." The goal of the United States in Libya, he explained, is to achieve a "sovereign, stable, united and secure" country that can control its own affairs: free and transparent elections represent the only way to create a national government capable of ensure safety".