8 December 2013, 21:33

Russian diplomats evacuated from Tripoli on their way back to Libya

Russian diplomats evacuated from Tripoli on their way back to Libya

Russian diplomats who were evacuated from Tripoli have left for Libya on Sunday. Nine Russian diplomats are expected to arrive in Tunis at 19:41 local time (21:40 Moscow time).

The Russian embassy was evacuated from Tripoli after the October 2 incident, when it came under attack provoked by the murder of a Libyan officer committed by Russian citizen Ekaterina Ustyuzhaninova on October 1. The assaulters broke into the territory of the Russian embassy seeking to avenge the man’s murder. Local army units forced the attackers out. No one was hurt.

Following this attack, the Libyan side said it could not guarantee safety of Russian diplomats, and it was decided to evacuate them from the country. On October 3, officers of the Russian embassy and consulate and their families arrived in neighbouring Tunisia, from where they took a plane for Moscow. Some diplomats stayed in Tunis to maintain working contacts with the Libyan side.

Voice of Russia, ITAR-TASS

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