Libyan pro-government forces walk next to their vehicle mounted with a machine gun on May 18, 2016 in Abu Grein, south of Libya's third city Misrata, a day after Libya's unity government recaptured the area from the Islamic State (IS) group. four of the Bodies of The organization of the Islamic State (Daash) in a truck in Abu Qurayn About 300 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli , on May 18, 2016. The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said on Facebook that they recaptured Abu Grein strategic crossroads, where the coastal highway meets the main road south into the desert interior on May 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Deputy Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Party, Ahmed Maitiq, announced that the Attorney General’s Office in Libya will issue a clear statement in the coming days regarding the fate of Russian citizens detained in the North African country.

Ahmed Maitiq arrived in Moscow on Wednesday morning, where he held talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry, and according to him, held “many meetings with representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense as well as the security services.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during his meeting with Ahmed Maitiq, called for the rapid release of the detained Russians.

Maitiq told the Russian Novosti News Agency: “In the coming days, the Libyan Prosecutor’s Office will issue a clear statement on this issue.”

In May of last year, two Russian citizens, working for the Fund for the Protection of National Values, were arrested in Libya..

The head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Libyan Prosecutor’s Office had previously reported that the Russians had been detained in Tripoli for trying to influence the upcoming elections.

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