Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio revealed that he had discussed the detention of Italian sailors in Benghazi since last September, during his talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and told him that "what is happening is unacceptable."
Di Maio added that "if someone violates self-declared territorial waters, no detention is supposed to take place," according to an interview with the newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday.
It is noteworthy that Di Maio is currently visiting Moscow, where discussions took place between him and Lavrov, the focus of which were the development in the Libyan crisis.
The Italian minister added, "There is no room for saying if you free some people, we will return your citizens to you," referring to what Italian media raised about linking the release of the sailors to the release of four Libyans sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in Italy, "after they were convicted of human trafficking."
Regarding the talks on the Libyan issue with Lavrov, he confirmed that he had noticed "an acceleration in the political process," stressing that "something is moving thanks to the project to establish temporary institutions in Sirte."