Kremlin refutes claims that there are Russian troops in Libya

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with the broadcaster NTV that “Russia is currently managing the war there [in Libya] at the highest level”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t ordered to send Russian forces to Libya, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on recent allegations by Turkish President Erdogan that Moscow manages the Libyan war at an official level.

“No, Vladimir Putin as commander-in-chief of the Russian forces hasn’t sent forces to Libya, there was no such order”, Peskov told journalists.

The comment comes amid reports in the Russian media that a Russian soldier, who allegedly died in Libya was buried last week in the Orenburg Region of the country.

Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleged that Moscow was taking part in the Libyan war through Russian private military companies.

He added that Ankara would continue to support Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj’s internationally recognised government.