The Spokesman for Army General Command, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Mismari, denied the existence of any Russian or non-Russian military bases in Libya, and welcomed "any media delegation that is not meddling to visit the Bennina air base and the Tobruk base."
Al-Mismari added: "What the English Sun newspaper reported is incorrect and there are no Russian or non-Russian bases."
"As for Russian weapons, these weapons in Libya because the previous Libyan army used Russian equipment [..] We have 20 million weapons, air, sea, land defense missiles and they are all Russian," he said.
Al-Mismari said what was published by the English Sun newspaper and social media was driven by intelligence agencies and comes as part of a campaign to reduce the achievements of the Libyan army.
British intelligence has warned that Russia is trying to establish a foothold in Libya, according to The Sun newspaper, adding that Moscow has moved soldiers and missiles to eastern of Libya to achieve this goal, the report was published on Monday.