Lavrov responds to Pompeo accusing Russia of causing Libya instability

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 17 Dec 2020, 11:08 PM
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in the latest response to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo's accusation of fomenting instability in Libya, "It was the United States that stood in the way of appointing a new envoy to Libya for months while speaking without evidence of a violation of the arms export embargo."

Lavrov stressed at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad on Thursday, commenting on Pompeo's remarks that it was the United States that blocked the appointment of a new UN secretary-general's envoy to Libya, adding "This post has been vacant since March and was filled only yesterday," Russia's TASS reported.

"Everyone knows that the Americans were resisting the UN secretary-general's move to appoint the an Algerian envoy to this post, and later the African Union's request to appoint a diplomat from Ghana was blocked by the Americans and these facts are known in the world," he said.

Mike Pompeo also accused Moscow and a number of other countries of violating the embargo on arms supplies to Libya under the UN Security Council resolution, explaining that "this topic is being talked about repeatedly and no one has provided any facts".

Regarding the US Secretary of state holding Russia responsible for "threatening stability in the Mediterranean region by using various methods to spread disinformation, undermine national sovereignty and wreak havoc, conflict and division in the countries of the region," Lavrov said that "the Americans and other Western countries allied to the United States have a similar tactic: publicly accuse without providing facts," stressing "there are no facts."

Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Russia of fomenting instability in Mediterranean countries, including Libya, in response to remarks by his Russian counterpart at the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum in Rome in which he accused the United States of playing political games in the region.