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Russian embassy in Tripoli attaches top priority to personnel safety - ambassador

February 09, 2013, 3:53 UTC+3
“We have taken into account the experience of our fellow diplomats, including the circumstances of the tragic death of US ambassador last September,” Molotkov said
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MOSCOW, February 9 (Itar-Tass) – The Russian embassy in Tripoli attaches top priority to the security of the diplomatic mission and the safety of its personnel, Russia’s ambassador to Libya, Ivan Molotkov, told Itar-Tass in an interview on Friday.

“The conditions in which the embassy has to operate are not exactly what one may call comfortable,” he said. “We have to pay much attention to the security of the diplomatic mission and to ensuring the safety of its personnel and to practicing various scenarios in emergencies.

“We have taken into account the experience of our fellow diplomats, including the circumstances of the tragic death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens last September,” Molotkov said.

“True, we cannot foresee all contingencies. But, as we have been able to see, such security measures and requirements as restrictions on movements about the city, in particular, during nighttime, bans on visiting some areas of Tripoli, let alone trips outside the city, although they put extra psychological pressures on the staff, have played a certain role. Last year there were no major incidents involving our people,” Molotkov said.

Currently Russian companies having interests in Libya have been establishing contact with Libyan partners regarding ways of resuming their activity.

“However, there are practically no Russian specialists working at Libyan facilities,” he added. “Specialists from other countries are few, too. Poor security, in particular, that in remote provinces is the reason.”

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