Russia plans not to open embassy in Libya for security reasons

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Russia has no plans to open an embassy in Libya for security reasons, let alone send ground forces to the conflict-torn North African country, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Sputnik on Friday.

“To date, there is neither Russian military nor civilian presence in Libya. For now, we are not planning to restore it, including on security grounds. We are not even mentioning military presence,” Bogdanov said.

Libya has been in a state of civil war since 2011, when Arab Spring protests led to sectarian violence and the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The Russian Embassy in Libya was evacuated to Tunisia after gunmen attacked the compound in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in October 2013.

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