Russian FM Lavrov takes aim at 'West' during visit to Congo Brazzaville on Africa tour

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Published: 6/5/2024 7:03:05 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took aim Tuesday at the West and its supposed "objectives" in Ukraine and Libya during a visit to the Congo as part of his Africa tour.

He also told reporters he supports talks to reconcile warring parties in Libya.

"We support the initiative of (Republic of Congo) President Denis Sassou Nguesso which aims to organise an inter-Libyan conference," he said, following a meeting with Sassou who also chairs a high-level committee on Libya in the African Union.

Libya is divided between a UN-recognised government based in Tripoli led by Abdelhamid Dbeibah and a rival administration in the country's east backed by military strongman Khalifa Haftar, with whom Moscow maintains close relations.

"The most important thing today is to find an approach which assures the reestablishment of the country," he added of Libya.

Ukraine war

"Whatever their status: soldiers of the French army or mercenaries, they represent a completely legitimate target for our armed forces," Lavrov said.

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