Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov denied on Sunday that Russia has any plans to enhance its military presence in Libya.

In statements to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabea, Bogdanov said that any military cooperation requires the approval of a legitimate government and the endorsement of parliament, which is difficult to achieve under the current circumstances.

The Russian official, who also serves as the Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and Africa, affirmed Moscow's steadfast position that foreign forces should gradually withdraw from Libya to avoid any escalation.

He emphasized that decisions related to such issues should be taken by consensus among Libyan parties.

Furthermore, Bogdanov reaffirmed Russia's support for holding comprehensive presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya, with the participation of all political forces, including "supporters of the previous regime."

He also emphasized that elections represent an important step towards stabilizing the country and forming a unified government representing all regions across Libya.

In his interview, he hailed the Bouznika meetings for coordinating the legislative framework for elections between the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, underscoring the necessity of resuming consultations to ensure elections take place in the near future.