Russia's Envoy to the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has emphasized his country's intention to regain its active presence in Libya.

"It is very important to work on the entire Libyan territory and restore our presence to what it was before the break-up of the former Soviet Union," the Russian diplomat told the Russian Tass news agency.

According to Bogdanov, a major decision had been taken to resume work in Benghazi to reopen the Consulate General in the east of Libya, which closed in 1992.

He disclosed that his government plans to appoint an ambassador to Libya shortly and that employees working temporarily from Tunisia will return to function from Tripoli.