30 Dec 2019 15:09

Russia opposes introduction of no-fly zone over Libya - Lavrov

MOSCOW. Dec 30 (Interfax) - Russia opposes the introduction of a no-fly zone over Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"As for the idea of introducing a no-fly zone over Libya, it's a very bad association in light of what I've said, as NATO started bombing Libya after the UN Security Council had made exactly the same decision, to impose a no-fly zone over Libya," Lavrov said at a press conference on Monday.

"Our colleagues in NATO once again discredited themselves as partners capable of negotiating and they used this resolution to start bombing the territory of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in gross violation of it," he said.

Any proposals envisaging the establishment of a no-fly zone trigger Moscow's "not very pleasant associations," Lavrov said.

"Only the Libyan people themselves can negotiate how to overcome this crisis, into which they were plunged by the North-Atlantic Alliance's aggression under the pretense of the so-called Arab spring," he said.