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Russian diplomat: Too early to speak about real government in Lybia

May 30, 2016, 20:45 UTC+3 ROME
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ROME, May 30. /TASS/. The situation in Libya is unfolding unfavorably, and it is too early to speak about a real government controlling the country, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Monday.

"The situation in Libya is developing unfavorably and very acutely, the country is practically disintegrated. It has no government that would maintain real control over the situation," the diplomat said.

He said the House of Representatives in Tobruk has not approved as of yet the Government of National Accord. "Without this decision, it is impossible to say the government is legitimate and can start acting," the top diplomat said.

He said sanctions (by the European Union) could not solve the problem. "Sanctions as an instrument should be regarded cautiously, as the main thing is not to harm in the grave situation that Libya is facing. Sanctions cannot solve the problem, on the contrary they can only harm if only one side comes under them," Gatilov said.

The international community has recognized the Government of National Accord led by Fayez al-Sarraj, set up with its contribution. The Cabinet moved to Tripoli, but works on a protected closed territory. Earlier, the European Union imposed a set of sanctions against some Libyan politicians accusing them of stalling the process of integration and settlement in the country.

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