UNITED NATIONS, November 15. /TASS/. First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Polyansky on Tuesday said the US doesn’t care who will pump oil in Libya as its main objective is to sideline Russia in the energy market.
"It’s obvious that the US administration continues to view the political process in Libya exclusively from the angle of its economic interests, including preventing the growth of oil prices," the diplomat said at a meeting of the UN Security Council. "Consequently, the main efforts of Washington are focused not on a profound settlement of the Libyan crisis, but on a kind of ‘conservation’ of the situation, so that a degradation of the situation does not undermine the supply of energy resources from this North African country to the European market. This, according to our American colleagues, is the main task of the Libyan government."
"We don’t rule out the existence of certain behind-the-scenes agreements with third countries regarding the export of Libyan oil," Polyansky said. "Essentially, Washington doesn’t care who exactly will extract it and on what legal grounds, as the main thing is to sideline Russia in the world energy market."
He said the US is pursuing a similar course in relation to other oil-producing countries in North Africa and the Middle East.