MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In 2011, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Libya amid the Arab Spring revolution, citing government violence against civilians. In May, Russian Ambassador to Libya Ivan Molotkov said that Russian arms supplies to the Libyan government would only be possible if the embargo is lifted.
"We had a package of contracts worth $7 billion there [in Libya]. But as of now we can’t talk of a significant rise in orders: there is an official government there that has no funds and there’s the opposition that we cannot supply arms to. If purchases do occur, it would be minor ones," Chemezov said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant newspaper.
On March 31, the long-anticipated UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya started to perform its duties, with the conflict outcome yet to be addressed.