Russia has claimed that it didn't deploy the fighter jets that US Africa Command says it spotted heading to Libya.
The US has rejected that denial and says that the jets are a sign of Moscow's longer-term goal of establishing a foothold on NATO's southern flank.
WASHINGTON (AP) — US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia's longer term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies.
Gen. Gregory Hadfield, deputy director for intelligence, said the US tracked the MiG-29 fighter jets and SU-24 fighter bombers that were flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya's al-Jufra air base.
A Russian fighter jet deployed to Libya.