Russia maintains contact with all parties to Libyan conflict, says Deputy FM

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MOSCOW – Russia is in contact with all parties to the conflict in Libya and the ceasefire is being discussed, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday on the sidelines of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

“We are in contact with all sides. Yesterday there were talks here between [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergey Lavrov and [UN Special Representative for Libya] Ghassan Salamé, all of these issues were discussed. The contacts are maintained with the East and the West, with the South, with everyone,” the deputy foreign minister told reporters.

“As a topic, it is naturally discussed in the Security Council, with Salamé, with the forces involved, but there are many issues here, what the conditions are or there are no conditions, who to agree with. Because there are different militias in Tripoli, some of them of the Islamist kind, and one has to find out if it is possible to have talks with them,” Bogdanov said.


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