Russian UN ambassador: Lifting arms embargo on Libya is “premature”

Russia’s incumbent UN envoy, Pyotr Ilyichev

The “uncertain” political situation as well as a dire security situation in Libya make any proposals concerning the full or even partial lifting of the arms embargo imposed against the nation “premature,” Russia’s incumbent UN envoy, Pyotr Ilyichev, said, Russia Today wrote.

“Given the uncertainty of the situation in Libya, it would be premature to talk about a full or partial lifting of the weapons embargo [imposed] against Libya,” Ilyichev said at the UN Security Council meeting dedicated to the country’s crisis, RT reported.

He went on to say that any proposals should be “strictly linked” to the security situation in the North African country, RT added.

More than six years after the start of the Arab Spring, Libya “is still going through a painful recovery” from a heavy blow dealt to it by international intervention and the toppling of its former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, the Russian envoy said, according to Russia Today.

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