Russian diplomats will return to Libya when their safety is guaranteed, says Russian diplomat

The Russian embassy in Libya will resume work only after safe conditions have been created for this, special presidential envoy for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview with Interfax.

The Russian embassy in Libya will resume work only after safe conditions have been created for this, special presidential envoy for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview with Interfax.

"This [the Russian diplomatic mission's return to Libya] will only occur when all necessary conditions have been put in place, first of all, when our staff's safety in Libya is guaranteed," he said.

"So far, such conditions are absent. The ambassador and the Russian embassy's staff are temporarily staying in Tunisia," Bogdanov said.

He said the Rusian diplomatic mission continues contacts with the Libyan side.

"The diplomats continue working. Representatives of various Libyan political forces and organizations, and prominent Libyan leaders regularly arrive in Tunisia, where intensive contacts are being maintained with them," Bogdanov said.

He said the Libyan crisis had had a negative impact on economic cooperation between Moscow and Tripoli.

"Of course, we have lost what we had - temporarily, I hope. I think, however, that we have lost incomparably less than our Western panthers have, who were a lot more advanced in economic, investment and other areas of cooperation with Tripoli during Gaddafi's tenure," he said.

"It all runs against an absolutely unacceptable situation in that country in terms of safety. It\'s absolutist impossible to work in such a setting. We cannot put our people's lives at risk. Clearly enough, this situation affects not only Russia, but also all of Libya's potential foreign partners," he said.

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