Russia concerned about proposals of no-fly zone in Libya, Lavrov says

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed Moscow’s concern over proposals of a new no-fly zone in Libya.

Lavrov told reporters on Monday that the parties to the Libyan conflict need to end military activities without preconditions, saying he believed that putting an end to military activities is a crucial condition for the launch of political dialogue in Libya.

Libyans’ interests lie in an immediate ceasefire and in launching a comprehensive dialogue to achieve a solution acceptable to all parties.

Reuters reported few days ago a Russian newspaper as saying that a delegation from Turkey and Russian diplomats held talks for three days in Moscow – from Monday to Thursday – discussing Syria and Libya.

The spokesman of The Kremlin said Russia was very concerned that a third party was intervening in Libya, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara was preparing to send military forces to back up the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, expecting the parliament to pass the deployment bill on January 08-09.  

Last Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced an agreement between Moscow and Ankara to reach a swift solution to the conflict in Libya, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.  


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