Russian presidential envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said his country is ready to join infrastructure development projects in Libya, and not only in the energy sector said in an interview with the TASS news agency.
"We will also be ready to join the post-conflict restoration and development of Libya’s vital economic infrastructure by means of the implementation of large-scale joint projects, and not only in the energy sector," he said.
According to Bogdanov, Moscow will encourage Russian companies planning to return to the Libyan market once the situation in the country is settled and security conditions are ensured.
"Regrettably, after NATO’s aggression, practically all foreign companies, including Russian ones, had to wind up their activities and their personnel left the country. Nevertheless, Russian organizations still are interested in returning to the Libyan market," he added.
He also noted that Libyan officials have repeatedly raised the issue of having Russian businesses back in the country.
"Russian-Libyan cooperation has a rich, decades-long experience. Before the 2011 developments, many Russian economic operators worked in that country. The biggest projects included Gazprom and Tatneft projects to develop hydrocarbon fields," Bogdanov said.