The statement comes amid reports that hundreds of Daesh-affiliated militants started to flee Libya after attacks of ground forces as well as US Air Force air strikes against militants during fights for the Libyan city of Sirte.
"After Sirte is liberated there is a possibility that Daesh [Islamic State, banned in Russia] will send its fighters on boats to Italian shores," he was quoted as saying by Italian il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper.
On August 1, the United States began a new aerial campaign against the Daesh, outlawed in Russia and numerous countries, in coordination with the Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA). The campaign is supposed to allow GNA to make a strategic advance against the terror group’s positions in Sirte, according to the US Defense Department.
Libya has been in a state of civil war since May 2014. The United Nations (UN) helped to bring about a ceasefire in late 2015 and on March 31 the UN-backed unity government took office in Tripoli. The government has so far failed to unite the country.