Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday gave his backing to a UN Security Council resolution which authorized international military action in Libya.© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Rodionov
MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday gave his backing to a UN Security Council resolution which authorized international military action in Libya.
UN Resolution 1973, which Russia abstained from voting on in March, authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and the use of "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians. The UN vote followed a deadly crackdown on protests against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
In a decree posted on the Kremlin's website on Friday, President Medvedev banned all Libyan flights in Russian air space with the exception of humanitarian flights and authorized searches of ships for weapons or military personnel.
The decree also bans all financial operations involving the assets of Gaddafi and members of his family and his aides.
Thousands of people have been killed since the uprising against Gaddafi's rule began in February.
The UN resolution on Libya seemed to cause a split between Medvedev and powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in March after the premier said it resembled "medieval calls for crusades." Medvedev said such comments were "unacceptable" and could lead to a "clash of civilizations."
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- milantThis is wrong10:21, 12/08/2011I know Russia benefit from higher oil price but supporting war crimes committed by NATO in Libya is just wrong .And just as reminder Russia didn't vote for that resolution so supporting it is a bit weird
- sagbotgamot(no title)10:22, 12/08/2011of course, there must be a reason. it will boost NATOs resolve to eliminate Gaddafy now that Russia is on their side. Anyway, Libya is far from Russia. But when the time comes Russia needs NATOs support in eliminating Saaskavili, NATO has no other option but support Russia. Poor Saaskavili. the other possible reason is Russia need to join WTO. Russia has to befriend NATO countries to eliminate obstacles in joining WTO. Most probably, the next thing NATO will ask Russia is support against Syria and Iran.
- bielecCould someone, please, explain the reasons?10:29, 12/08/2011Why Russia supports NATO's crimes in Libya and opposes similar measures in Syria? Why Russia is blind about a similar situation in Bahrain?
Is Russian foreign policy run by supporters of globalization and the so called New World Order, or, is it simply a tactical move to engage NATO deeper in this hopeless war?
- cheruskEthics in geopolitics is doomed10:57, 12/08/2011Kaddafi's son Saif is a loser. He has responsability for acquiring Jalil, American citizen now filthy traitor, as minister of justice in Tripoli. He cared for good relations with the Great Satan, he disarmed Libya and promoted investments of the Central Bank of Libya in the western countries that now dare confiscate and rob all that money
under the umbrella of the ominous UN of New York.
Contrary to resolution 1973 NATO is waging war aganist Libya committing the supreme crime (war of aggression) and wrecking a wealthy civilized and socialist nation.
- Veselko3Is Medvedev on CIA payroll ?11:26, 12/08/2011No S-300 for Iran. No opening of Busher. Approval of NATO policy in Libya. Strange , isn't it ?
- psihozefirLeaders will soon be a thing of the past12:54, 12/08/2011Armies should back people not politicians! Ghaddafi is a politician, hence he should be put down. Powerful people and powerful nations should be a thing of the past. We don't need such entities to live well.
- samcarringtonThe people of Libya DO NOT WANT WESTERN IIMPERIALIST INTERVENTION20:52, 15/08/2011An excellent source of daily updated news and information on the events leading up to the NATO intervention, ongoing political analysis of the situation and recent videos illustrating the resistance of the Libyan people. Highly recommended
Global Civilians for Peace in Libya http://globalciviliansforpeace.com/
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