Turkish president Erdogan is accusing Russia of managing its interference in Libya “at the highest level”. Erdogan has long accused Russia of intervening in the Libyan conflict in support of Haftar and the LNA, through its operation of Wagner, a private military contractor. Erdogan supports the UN-backed GNA in Tripoli. The Kremlin has long denied it maintains a military presence in Libya, and that it has a connection to Wagner.
Speaking to a group of journalists, Erdogan reportedly showed a picture of Wagner’s chief Yevgeny Prigozhin together with Russia’s defence minister and military chief. Erdogan said “they’re now directing Wagner there”, referring to Moscow, and yet “they still get up and say that they don’t have a relationship with it.” It was not clear to the Moscow Times, reporting on this story, to which picture Erdogan was referring, although there is a known photograph of Prigozhin with the defence chiefs and Haftar from 2018.