updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on escalation in Libya

The military and political situation in Libya has become more aggravated recently. Specifically, it was reported that on January 3 militants in 12 vehicles attempted to seize the Sidra oil port 370 km from Benghazi. On January 7 terrorists attacked a coast guard training centre in Zliten (160 km from Tripoli), a brutal act which resulted in over 80 deaths and tens of injured. On the same day, another suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near Ra's Lanuf (350 km from Benghazi), the location of a large oil refining plant.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Moscow strongly condemns these criminal acts and would like to express its sympathy with the Libyan people. We confirm that urgent and coordinated international efforts are necessary to destroy the terrorist threat in Libya and the Middle East.

The intense extremist activity in Libya proves the urgency of fulfilling UN SC Resolution 2259 (2015), which is aimed at restoring the rule of law across the entire Libyan territory, carrying out an efficient fight against terrorism and repairing the country’s economy..

January 9, 2016


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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s comment on Mali terrorist attack

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On November 20, a group of armed people attacked the Radisson hotel in central Bamako, the main international hotel in the capital of Mali. The Russian Embassy in Mali reports that Russian citizens working for Volga-Dnepr Airlines were taken hostage together with numerous other foreign citizens. Mali special forces stormed the hotel in order to neutralise the attackers and released over 100 people, including six Russian citizens. In all, six Russian citizens and 13 other foreign citizens were executed by the militants at the hotel’s restaurant during the first minutes of the terrorist attack.

The Russian Embassy in Mali has opened a hotline phone-in service at: (+223) 764 09 056.

We resolutely condemn this inhuman crime aiming to destabilise the situation in Mali and to disrupt the ongoing domestic peace settlement. We are offering our condolences to the families and relatives of the deceased.

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Comment by the Information and Press Department on the presidential election in Tanzania


The presidential election held in the United Republic of Tanzania on October 25 saw a 67 per cent voter turnout.

According to official data published on October 29, John Magufuli from the ruling Party of the Revolution was declared the winner after the first round, in which he won 58.46 per cent of the vote.

International observers, including from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), noted the free and open nature of the election.

Moscow welcomes Tanzania’s presidential election as a major milestone in the democratic development of its society.

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Foreign Ministry comment following the signing of a peace deal on South Sudan


Moscow has taken a positive view of reports from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, stating that the republic’s president, Salva Kiir, signed an agreement on August 26 on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. Earlier, on August 17, at a regular round of negotiations between the South Sudanese sides in Addis Ababa, the document was signed by Riek Machar, the leader of the opposition movement and former vice president of the Republic of South Sudan. We hope that these agreements – which provide, in particular, for an immediate ceasefire, the formation of a national unity government, the withdrawal of foreign troops from South Sudan, the disarmament of illegal armed formations and the holding of general elections after a transition period – will be honoured.

We welcome the active efforts of the group of international mediators under the auspices of the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its expanded format known as IGAD Plus, which has made it possible to harmonise the text of the agreement and ensure its signing by the parties to the conflict.

We hope that the agreements will become an important practical step toward lasting peace and national accord in South Sudan.

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Comment by the Information and Press Department on the attack against a Russian airline office in Mali

utairOn August 5, the UTair airline office in Bamako came under an armed attack with the use of firearms and hand grenades. It was only by chance that no Russian or local citizens were hurt.

Moscow strongly condemns this gangster-like act, which was designed to intimidate foreign civilians who live and work in Mali.

We urge the Mali authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident, hold the guilty accountable and take additional measures to ensure an appropriate level of security for foreign agencies and foreign nationals in the country

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