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La Stampa: Russia will send deputy FM to the conference on Libya

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ROME – Italian newspaper La Stampa revealed on Tuesday that neither Russian President, Vladimir Putin, nor Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, will attend the Palermo conference on Libya and instead Russia will send Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

La Stampa also wrote that the conference, scheduled for November 12th and 13th, is “hanging by a thread” because in spite of the support of Europe collected by the Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, “at the moment Italy has a deficit of preparation and problems in management and coordination”.

La Stampa quoted Libyan MP Ali al-Saidi, elected in Fezzan, as saying that both Field Marshal Haftar and speaker of House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, will not attend the conference “as it will not change anything, on the contrary it will sharpen the crisis since there are divergences between Italy and France over Libya”.

Moreover, on the Libyan side – continues La Stampa – “there is a substantial distrust also because the requests to view the agenda of the work by Rome have been met with silence for now”.

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