Russia not to attend Libya Contact Group meeting July 15.
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MOSCOW, July 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia is not planning to attend a meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul on July 15, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.
“The Istanbul meeting of the Contact Group is not the first such event to which Russia has been invited by its organisers. Earlier we were invited to the third meeting of this Group in Abu Dhabi on June 9. In addition, we were called upon many times to join this Group by our other partners through various channels,” he said on Wednesday, July 13.
“At the same time, the Russian approach to this issue has not changed. We are not a member of the Group and do not participate in its work. This applies to the upcoming meeting in Istanbul as well,” the spokesman said.
“We cannot but take into account the fact that the main efforts of the Contact Group, judging from the decisions adopted at its previous meetings in Doha on April 13, in Rome on May 5 and in Abu-Dhabi on June 9, are aimed at supporting one side in the continuing civil conflict in Libya which keeps claiming more and more human lives and destroying the economy. We believe that the U.N. Security Council has adopted well-known decisions on Libya and it should continue to play its central role in the resolution of the Libyan conflict,” Lukashevich said.
Turkey has invited Russia and China to attend a meeting of the Libya Contact Group to be held in Istanbul on July 14-15.
“These two countries have also been invited, but the level of their participation has not been determined yet. We would like more participants to take part in the negotiations this time. Russia and China have been invited as permanent members of the U.N. Security Council,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said.
He said 15 countries have confirmed their participation at the level of foreign ministers, including France, Italy, Britain, Australia, Bulgaria, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.
The diplomat said that he expected the meeting to produce political results, as the search for political solutions is underway.
The participants will discuss the roadmap proposed by Turkey.