France, Germany and Italy are ready to consider possible sanctions against violators of the arms embargo on Libya. This was stated in a joint statement issued on Saturday, July 18, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron.
“We are prepared to consider sanctions if violations of the embargoes by sea, land and air continue. We look forward to the proposals that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Deputy President of the European Commission will submit in this regard”.
Consultations were held in the framework of the EU summit in Brussels.
July 16, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow calls on the parties to the conflict in Libya to prevent a new round of tension and observe the ceasefire.
On June 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the issue of using military forces in Libya should be the subject of agreements. The diplomat said that a number of colleagues, with whom he discussed the situation in the country, shared his view on the impossibility of a military solution to the Libyan conflict. According to him, the only option for settlement is an immediate ceasefire.
In January this year Berlin conference was held, during which representatives of 16 countries agreed not to interfere in the situation in the Middle East anymore. They agreed on a ceasefire, the implementation of the arms embargo and the continuation of negotiations between the warring organizations.
However, on April,27 the leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced the transfer of power in the country to the military.