Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called for respect for the House of Representatives' decision to assign former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha to head a new government, and said that "Libyan lawmakers should be respected. The important thing is for the existing contradictions between Libyans not to lead to a serious conflict but to be resolved via talks and reaching compromises”.
Zakharova added that the Russian government has closely followed the developments of the internal political situation in Libya, noting that "the selection of the government is the competence of the Libyans and Bashagha's candidacy was supported by a majority of members of the House of Representatives."
She expressed her hope that "Libya’s new government led by Fathi Bashagha will be able to unify the Libyan society which will help to successfully cope with difficult tasks of the transitional period, including preparations to hold nationwide elections".
On Sunday, Bashagha announced the start of consultations to form a government with various parties and regions, reiterating his commitment not to run for the upcoming presidential elections.