Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov stated that NATO countries destroyed Libya, under the pretext of bringing democracy to the country.
In a press statement, Lavrov remarked, “The United States can declare victory for Ukraine, as it did in Libya, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. None of the countries used by the United States to pursue its interests beyond its borders has ended up in a better situation than before.”
Russia has accused several Western countries of attempting to transform Libya into a new battleground for confrontation with Russia, urging dialogue among all Libyan parties.
This statement was made by Pyotr Ilyichev, the Director of the Department of International Organisations, at the Russian Foreign Ministry. Ilyichev emphasised that Libya “has not yet recovered from the blatant aggression launched by NATO in 2011, which began with the manipulation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.”
Ilyichev pointed out that Libya is “practically divided into two parts, teetering on the brink of a civil war and has become a source of illegal immigration.”
Amidst the Ukrainian crisis, he noted, “certain countries are attempting, as part of a broad anti-Russia campaign, to turn Libya into a confrontation arena against Russia. However, these attempts only serve to entrench existing divisions on the ground and delay prospects for a settlement among Libyans.” Ilyichev did not specify which countries
He stressed that “improving the situation in Libya can only be achieved through dialogue among all warring parties, with the assistance of interested external players, and the central role of the United Nations. We believe that expressing the will of the people can end the long-standing duality of power in Libya, and will lay the foundation for stability through the restoration of the country’s unity and territorial integrity. Libyans themselves must determine the timing and measures for conducting elections, without external pressure or artificially imposed deadlines.”