Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in the Berlin conference on the Libyan settlement on Jan.19, he said at an annual news conference in Moscow on Friday.

He will hold a meeting with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio prior to the principal event, Lavrov added.

Lavrov also said he expects the talks to be difficult, and characterized the relations between the warring sides as “very tense”, adding that efforts of many countries are needed to persuade them to start a political dialogue.

“The more countries take part [in peace efforts on Libya], the better. It is

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