RUSSIA REOPENS ITS EMBASSY IN LIBYA


04/07/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Russia has decided to resume the work of its embassy in Libya, it will represent Russia's interests on the entire Libyan territory, although it will be temporarily based in Tunisia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

Lavrov, speaking at a meeting with the speaker of Libya's pro-Khalifa Haftar eastern Parliament, Aguila Saleh, on Friday, reiterated Russia's desire for a cessation of hostilities in Libya and the beginning of political dialogue. "We took a decision to reopen the Russian embassy in Libya, which will at this stage be headed by Charge d'Affaires Jamshed Boltaev," he said.

Russia evacuated its embassy staff in Tripoli after a group of people attempted to storm the building in October 2013. The attack on the embassy was futile by security guards who fired shots to disperse the crowd. Though none in the Russian mission was injured, Libyan authorities later admitted that they were unable to guarantee the diplomats' safety.

The embassy's planned reopening comes amid an unfolding war between the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) based in Eastern Libya. Russia has been backing LNA forces in its fight against the GNA. News agencies have also reported that there may be thousands of Russian mercenaries being deployed across Libya, but Russia has denied any state involvement and dismissed such reports.


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