U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Russia is a threat to stability in the Mediterranean. This is said in his statement published in Twitter.
According to him, Moscow uses various methods to spread disinformation and undermine national sovereignty. By doing so, it allegedly sows chaos and division in the region.
Pompeo also criticized Russia for supporting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and interfering in the Libyan conflict.
Libya has long been in a standoff between the Government of National Accord (GNA), which controls Tripoli and territories in the west and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE, the latter reportedly supplying the army with equipment, including that acquired from Russia.
Moscow has repeatedly been accused of using its mercenaries in different countries. In particular, the question was about the Wagner PMC, an unofficial armed formation, which is associated with St. Petersburg businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. It is believed that its mercenaries provide security services in several African countries, including Libya.