Russian deputy MoD Yevkurov back in Benghazi as LNA-Russia ties deepen

May 31, 2024 | International actors

On 31 May, Russian Deputy Minister of Defence (MoD) Yunus-bek Yevkurov and his delegation arrived in Benghazi for a working visit. He was received at Benina Airport by the Government of National Stability (GNS) MoD Ahmed Houma, the Director of the Office of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander-in-Chief Khairy al-Tamimi, Chief of Staff of the LNA Security Units Khaled Haftar, and GNS MoI Undersecretary Faraj Qaim.

The main topics discussed were the military cooperation between Russia and the LNA, the regional political situation and, above all, the state of affairs surrounding the Wagner successor, the Africa Corps.

On 1 June, LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar met with Yevkurov at his HQ in al-Rajma, discussing the LNA’s future cooperation with Russia, including an expansion of training support and the LNA’s support for the Russian Africa Corps.