“Libya is also our long-standing partner in North Africa, we have many years of experience in productive joint work. And I believe that the potential of our interaction is far from exhausted, although trade and economic ties and cooperation are deepening. developing quite well overall,” Putin said in a meeting with the chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohammed Yunus al-Menfi. It took place within the framework of the Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg.
The Russian leader noted that the trade turnover between the countries increased by 67.5 percent in 2022 and nearly doubled in January-April.
“Among the priority areas are industrial and transport infrastructure, energy. Russia and Libya cooperate within the framework of various multilateral organizations and formats, including the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries, which contributes to ensuring the stability of energy markets “continued the Russian president. .
According to him, the issue of sustainable normalization in Libya is on the agenda.
“We understand this very well, we are aware of this. Russia intends to continue to help advance the key tracks of the agreement based on ensuring the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Libyan state. I heard what he said today about the withdrawal of all the armed forces of third countries, they also know our position, now let’s talk about this in more detail,” Vladimir Putin said.
In turn, al-Menfi announced the intention of the presidential council to resume the implementation of joint energy projects with Russia.
“We are determined to implement all the agreements we have on Libya and we are interested in developing cooperation with foreign partners, we have a clear vision of how to move forward,” he said.