Russian Foreign Ministry says GNA promised to free Russian detainees

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had received written assurances from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) that two Russian nationals imprisoned in Tripoli would be released soon.

Maxim Shugaleya and Samir Suyefan, employees of Russia’s Foundation for National Values Protection, were detained in the Libyan capital in May of last year allegedly for trying to tamper with the upcoming general election.

“As a result of our persistent efforts, we have recently received written assurances from GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala that the issue related to our citizens would be settled soon,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

Zakharova said the ministry had not been immediately informed about their arrest but had been doing whatever it takes to secure their release. She added that GNA had not allowed Russian diplomats to visit the two in prison in breach of Vienna Conventions.


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