The assistant head of the Russian Wagner group that supports Khalifa Haftar's militia, Maxim Shugaley, has welcomed the parallel government of Fathi Bashagha, designated by the House of Representatives (HoR) with the support of Haftar.

Shugaley expressed support for the steps taken by Bashagha, describing them as drastic measures to protect the country's unity and the interests of its citizens, including the threat of Haftar loyalists to shut down oil exports, considering this step as a reaction to the actions taken by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and its envoy Stephanie Williams.