Forest fires in Siberia swell four times to cover 30,000 hectaresWorld May 26, 9:45
Seoul pins hopes on Moscow in resolving tensions on Korean PeninsulaWorld May 26, 9:14
Space technologies offer glimpse at Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s rare portraitSociety & Culture May 26, 8:05
Meteorologists name world’s deadliest cyclones, tornadoes and hailstormsWorld May 26, 7:51
Most Americans view Russia as unfriendly country — surveySociety & Culture May 26, 7:35
Trump yet to determine his stance on anti-Russian sanctionsWorld May 26, 6:29
Russia ensuring rights of workers at FIFA World Cup construction sitesSport May 26, 3:08
Russian emergencies minister arrives in flood-hit southern RussiaWorld May 26, 2:56
NATO to join anti-IS coalition but unlikely to engage in combatWorld May 26, 0:23
MOSCOW, February 5. /TASS/. Libya is interested in military and technical cooperation with Russia, Mohamed Abdelaziz, special envoy of Libya’s Council of Deputies chairman, said on Thursday.
"Our cooperation in military and technical sphere is a historic partnership existing for nearly 40 years," Abdelaziz, currently on a visit to Moscow, said. "We hope it will be continued."
"We want assistance in preparing and training Libyan nationals, and we need modern weapons to create a modern army," he said, noting difficulties with importing weaponry from Russia connected with some resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
"This issue should be settled with international institutions first," the envoy said, adding that all those matters could be discussed after formation of a national government. "Military partnership with Russia is very important for Libya," he stressed.
Abdelaziz said the main goal of his visit to Moscow was "his willingness to draw attention of the Russian side to developments in Libya."
"The country is in a very difficult situation. There are a great number of extremist groups," he said. "We need international help, and this refers first of all to protection of oil deposits and airports."
The envoy also expressed hope for Russian support in UN-backed negotiations on the situation in Libya, scheduled for March.