Russia is in talks with "parties in Libya" to establish a military corps in Africa, the Italian Nova news agency has reported.

The move comes on the heels of a visit by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yunus Bek Evkurov to Benghazi last August after receiving an invitation from their ally Khalifa Haftar.

Evkorov's mission was to practically implement the Russian-Libyan agreements reached at the 11th Moscow International Security Conference and Military-Technical Forum.

According to the publisher, the Russian military corps's mission is to confront Western influence on the African continent, citing Russian media as saying that the group will engage in large-scale operations aimed at assisting African countries in breaking free from neo-colonial dependency and achieving full sovereignty.


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