Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called out the same GRU unit in February for conducting a cyberattack against the country of Georgia.
Since the fall of the Soviet regime, Jewish life in Russia has experienced an incredible revival.
All three incidents in the past two months have taken place in international airspace over the eastern Mediterranean.
Russians rapidly up the stakes in Libya with their MiG deployment.
Whelan, a US national who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, has been in custody since he was detained in a Moscow hotel room in December 2018.
Though the masks do not actually protect animals – since they are in fact dead, and it is unlikely that insects could even contract coronavirus in the first place – the meaning is symbolic.
Lazar said, “I will speak to the Russian government, and ask that they ask urge the Iranian authorities to mend the tomb of Esther and Mordechai."
The reported departure of the Russians is another blow to Khalifa Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA).