Russia-NATO Council may discuss Libyan crisis on Wednesday

02 Mar

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin



March 2, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russia and NATO could discuss the situation in Libya during a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels on Wednesday, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said, as reported by RIA Novosti.

“I am not ruling out the possibility that the situation in Libya may be discussed during the meeting, although the issue is not on the official agenda,” Rogozin told RIA Novosti after a working meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday.

Rogozin said that despite serious disagreements among members on alliance’s involvement in possible military actions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, NATO would most certainly act only on approval by the UN Security Council.

The international community has already condemned the violence by Libyan authorities that reportedly killed up to 2,000 people in clashes between protesters and supporters of leader Muammar Gaddafi since a popular uprising began on February 15. Inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans are demanding an end to Gaddafi’s 42-year authoritarian rule.

On Tuesday, the United Nations suspended Libya’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council in an effort to persuade the country’s regime to stop violence against protesters.   (*)

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