Published: November 07, 2019
TEL AVIV (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th November, 2019) Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has refuted as "speculation" US media reports about Russian contractors allegedly operating in crisis-torn Libya.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that 200 Russian "fighters" had allegedly arrived in Libya over the past six weeks as "part of a broad campaign by the Kremlin to reassert its influence across the middle East and Africa."
"I categorically refute speculations of this kind. We are acting in the interest of Libyan settlement, we are supporting the existing effort, including through the United Nations, we maintain dialogue with those who somehow influence the situation. We do not think that there is any ground for such statements, such fiction, but this is not the first time that US media spread different speculations, wicked rumors, falsehood targeting us," Ryabkov told Russian journalists during his working visit to Israel.
The official noted that such hoaxes affected the attitude of the US public, thus damaging bilateral relations.
"We have already got used to this, and we take it easy. However, I have to acknowledge that recurrent hoaxes of this kind exercise a negative influence on the sentiment of the US domestic public, and the general atmosphere in the United States, unfortunately, does not promote normalization of our ties, although we strive for it," Ryabkov added. source