Lavrov ensures respect for Italian interests in Libya

(AGI) Moscow, March 4 - Facing the emergency in Libya, Russia'understands Italy's concerns and will respect their legitimateinterests' during possible initiatives to be taken by the UNSecurity Council, said the Russian Foreign Minister SergeiLavrov during a written interview with AGI, on the eve of themeeting between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and PresidentVladimir Putin, to take place on Thursday at the Kremlin.Russia understands 'the special concerns Italy may have aboutthe southern banks of the Mediterranean, and about Libya, andwill take into account Italy's legitimate interests during theUN Security Council discussion on

(AGI) Moscow, March 4 - Facing the emergency in Libya, Russia'understands Italy's concerns and will respect their legitimateinterests' during possible initiatives to be taken by the UNSecurity Council, said the Russian Foreign Minister SergeiLavrov during a written interview with AGI, on the eve of themeeting between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and PresidentVladimir Putin, to take place on Thursday at the Kremlin.Russia understands 'the special concerns Italy may have aboutthe southern banks of the Mediterranean, and about Libya, andwill take into account Italy's legitimate interests during theUN Security Council discussion on practical measures to fightagainst terrorism and for the stabilisation of the situation inthe Middle East and North Africa," said Minister Lavrov. Italycan play a key role in resolving the Libya crisis, including apossible cease fire and peacekeeping action. As announced bythe Russian presidency, the talks between Putin and Renzi willfocus not only on bilateral issues but also on the crisis inUkraine, the problems of Libya, the situation in the MiddleEast and the Syrian conflict, including the Isis threat.Minister Lavrov emphasised that Russia 'commends the Italiancommitment to a peaceful solution of the political crisis inUkraine' and the normalisation of relations between Russia andthe EU, but that it is necessary to promote all the agreementsstipulated on Feb.12 in Minsk. . .