Medvedev was speaking during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates near Moscow.© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Rodionov
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated on Tuesday Moscow's offer to mediate in the conflict in Libya.
Medvedev was speaking during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates near Moscow. On Monday, Medvedev said Russia would "gladly" undertake peacemaking efforts in the North African state.
"Medvedev also expressed concern over how the UN no-fly zone is being endorsed and the possible casualties among civilians because of the indiscriminate use of air force," the president's press service said.
NATO member states including the United States, Britain and France are continuing air strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces. Libyan state television has reported that at least 60 civilians have so far been killed in the attacks.
Russia opposed military action but did not use its power to veto the UN resolution.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin likened the operation to "medieval calls for crusades," a description dismissed by President Dmitry Medvedev, who said the comments were "unacceptable."
MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti)
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- email@example.comDmitry Medvedev is the perfect man to bring peace to Libya06:48, 23/03/2011I agree 100% with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Having abstained from the United Nations / NATO vote to take military action against Libya, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is in the ideal position to broker a peace deal between Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi and NATO forces.
I am pretty sure that American President Barack Obama would agree and the NATO commander as well. President Dmitry Medvedev is in the ideal position to broker a peace deal between Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi and NATO forces.
Ideally Russian President Dmitry Medvedev can get Muammar Gaddafi to peacefully step down and hand over power to an intern government until democratic elections be held for a new Libyan president and Libyan government.
This will not be an easy process as Muammar Gaddafi has been the dictator for the lives of most Libyans today. Change of leadership like this is very difficult as in general people resist change even if it is good for them.
However allowing Muammar Gaddafi to step down with some assurances to be determined would save thousands of Libyan lives.
I firmly believe that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is the best man for the job to broker a deal with Muammar Gaddafi to get the Libyan leader to step down peacefully and with dignity.
Was this is accomplished the Russian government can help the Libyan people organize their democratic government elections along with the help of the United States, and NATO countries including Britain, France and Canada.
The goal will be to minimize any further loss of life of both pro Muammar Gaddafi forces and those opposed to him. In the end they are all Libyans and one people.
The sooner both sides can begin to work together to rebuild their country and move it forward the better.