Thu. May 30th, 2024

Russia’s representative to the Security Council questioned the intentions of the United States to train a security apparatus in Libya, in a briefing to the Security Council session on the Libyan crisis.

The Russian representative, Dmitry Tretyakov, said in response to the intervention of the US representative to the United Nations regarding the Russian presence, “Let’s be clear, we acted against NATO operations in Libya, and we did not participate in the collapse of Libya,” adding, “We continue to maintain our communication with all Libyan parties and urge them to participate in dialogue.”

The Russian delegate stressed that “the United States is increasing its presence in Libya, but blaming Russia, and that open sources confirm that there is an American company linked to the US Department of Defense that increases its presence in Libya and trains Libyan armed groups.”

“We have not seen the full formation of the Libyan National Army, and these exercises are carried out without state monitoring, and this raises many questions for the security apparatus trained by the United States,” the Russian representative said.

The Russian delegate called for “eliminating the presence of foreign forces in the country, and redoubling efforts to find solutions based on principles, i.e. a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned operation under the auspices of the United Nations without imposing any dictates from abroad with the representation of all political and tribal forces in the country, including representatives of the former regime.”

On the mission of UN envoy Abdullah Bathily , he said, “In principle, we support bathily’s efforts to support this process and believe that holding parliamentary and presidential elections at the same time is the best to ensure a stable environment.”

The Russian delegate welcomed “the efforts to convene an inclusive national reconciliation conference under the auspices of the African Union in which all parties participate.”

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