Russia backs lifting no-fly zone over Libya
Russia supports to lift the no-fly zone over Libya imposed by the United Nations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
The UN is currently drafting a resolution on softening sanctions against Libya, which would lift part of ban on financial operations and arms supply.
"Judging from the change of the situation in Libya, Russia proposed to include in the resolution a clause about lifting the no-fly zone regime," Lukashevich said.
He also said that Moscow has been making its best to release the Russian and Ukrainian citizens detained in Libya, Xinhua reported.
"Russian Foreign Ministry and the embassy in Tripoli are working on the release of the Russian citizens from custody as soon as possible, and will make sure their transfer to the Russian diplomatic mission until they are permitted to return to the home country," Interfax news agency quoted the diplomat as saying.
Two Russian and two Ukrainian employees of a Libyan company were captured by the rebel troops on Aug. 27 in Tripoli. They were released on Sept. 3 after the Russian embassy's intervention, but were arrested again on Sept. 6 in order to "verify their possible involvement in mending and modernization of Muammar Gaddafi's tanks," Lukashevich said.
So far, the detained citizens did not complain on any health problems and no charges have been brought against them, the Russian diplomat said.