Vzglyad: MiG-29 aircraft attacked Turkish targets in Libyan waters

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 26 May 2020, 07:04 PM
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A Russian newspaper is reporting an attack by an unknown MiG-29 aircraft against Turkish targets in Libyan waters, without indicating the timing of this incident.

According to Russian writer Yevgeny Krukitov who was quoted in the Vzglyad newspaper, these planes targeted a Turkish ship and frigate in Libyan waters.

The article pointed to the lack of identification of the aircraft, explaining that "some accounts" confirm that they may be Belarusian aircraft and others do not exclude that the "Serbs" are behind the matter, while the Turks have not provided "any evidence of the identity of the aircraft or the nationality of those who fly them."

The writer explained that the communications between the pilots were not recorded and the matter is due to one of two reasons.Either "the pilots communicated with signals or that the Turks and the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) were not prepared to receive communications", commenting that the incident "revealed that the GNA has no means of tracking and is unable of knowing the source of these planes."

The article addressed the claim that it had launched from Syria, based on statements that some Russian planes had arrived there some time ago, saying: “But the Russian planes are equipped with numbers and the Americans and Israelis can follow them manually and they simply cannot vanish."

The article concluded that this incident alone "is not sufficient to reverse the course of battles" for the benefit of Libyan National Army forces, but it "could seriously overstretch the Turks."

On Tuesday Africom announced the monitoring of Russian fighter planes that came to Libya "to support Wagner elements fighting alongside the Libyan National Army forces."

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