Russia confirms preparations for reopening embassy, consulate in Libya

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Wednesday that Moscow was making effort to ensure safety of its diplomatic mission in Libya and will discuss this with the Libyan high-ranking officials during their upcoming visits to Russia, which are currently in the phase of preparations.

“It is not that easy, safety is the most important thing. We cannot put our people and safety of our foreign missions at risk. I cannot see any special political problems, our concerns about the insufficient security guarantees are a problem. We will have contacts with Libya’s representatives, officials, we will discuss these issues with them, as they are the host side and are responsible for foreign missions’ safety,” Bogdanov said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Earlier, Bogdanov said that the Russian embassy in Tripoli could resume operation by the end of the year, and also announced that Moscow plans to restore its consular presence in Libya’s east, Benghazi.

“Preparations are ongoing for the visits by a whole range of representatives, at the leadership level. We have invited the Libyan foreign minister, and the three members of the presidential council, I hope some of them will come soon.” Bogdanov explained.


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