Media: in London believe that Putin «wants to turn Libya into a new Syria»

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British intelligence told Theresa may that Russia «wants to turn Libya into a new Syria» and use their presence there to the influence of the West, writes British the Sun newspaper, citing a senior source in the British government. The head of the international Committee of the British Parliament Tom Tugendhat called the reports «extremely disturbing» and demanded the British government to respond to the threat.

According to the newspaper, the heads of British intelligence said may, Russian President Vladimir Putin «wants to turn this North African country in «new Syria,» and its main goal is to seize control of the major route of illegal migration to Europe.»

Sun writes that «dozens of officers of the Russian military intelligence GRU and special forces are already in Eastern Libya, originally arriving here for training and maintaining a channel of communication.» Moscow supports the head of the Libyan national army Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot, and «supplying his troops with heavy machinery,» the newspaper writes.

«The two Russian military bases are already operating in the coastal cities of Tobruk and Benghazi, using the cover of the Russian private military company Wagner, which it already has outposts» — says the newspaper.

The publication also writes, without giving grounds for such claims and sources of information that «Libya is already considered to be placed a destructive Russian anti-ship missiles «Caliber» and a modern air defense system s-300″.

«If Moscow took control of the coastline of the country, it may cause a new wave of migrants crossing the Mediterranean,» the Sun writes, citing a senior government source.

«What Putin is doing in Libya, corresponds exactly to the tactics he had used in Syria and Crimea. He sees uncontrolled space and uses it to the maximum impact on the West. While we are very vulnerable to migration flows, and the oil crisis, which could result in Libya,» — said the interlocutor of the newspaper.

The head of the international Committee of the British Parliament demanded that the government response to the «Russian threat».

«The fact that Russia wants to open a new front against the West in Libya, is extremely worrying, but not surprising. They will no doubt try to use the African migration routes. We need a coordinated government response, because the destabilization of this country is closely connected with the national security of the UK», — said Tugendhat.