Italian Senator says his country relies on Russia in dealing with Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – Italy sees Russia as a key partner in dealing with crises that cause it grave concern, such as those in Libya, Syria and Venezuela, the president of the Italian Senate’s Foreign Affairs Commissions said today.

“We consider Russia our fundamental strategic partner not only for the Libyan affairs, but also for the solution of other serious crises that are of our grave concern, such as Syria and Venezuela,” Vito Petrocelli said.

The senator regretted the 2011 NATO invasion in Libya which turned Italy’s main ally in the Mediterranean into a “failed state”.

Petrocelli said his country’s government is working to contain the conflict in Tripoli between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

“The contacts continue. The ministry of foreign affairs and the government are constantly working with all Libyan counterparts so that the crisis does not deteriorate further,” he said.

The senator added he was convinced that more could be done in the future to bring peace to Libya.


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