EU and Russia for common approach towards Libyan conflict
“… Russia being a very important permanent member of the Security Council, my assessment has been that Russia has always been highly involved in the discussions but also in the work on the Libyan file but this is more for the UN Representative (Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler) to mention,” – said the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini, commenting on Russian involvement in Libyan conflict resolution.
Mogerini mentioned several occasions she has an opportunity to discuss Libya with Russian Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, concluding to share the same concerns about the risks of the further degradation, especially the further divisions. The EU and Russia shares the same attitude of the united Libya.”
“I would also like to add that the Russian Federation in New York one year and a half ago supported in the UN Security Council the mandate given to the European Union military operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia) to dismantle the traffickers’ networks and that we are operating also on the basis of that mandate that the Russian Federation at that time contributed to shape,” – Mogherini added.
Although there approach is not “identical” manners there is a common ground for “common” action and there is a constant engagement ongoing between the European Union and Russia concerning the Libyan crisis, Mogherini concluded.