March 3, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA Novosti) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the alliance does not plan any military actions against riots-hit Libya, Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Wednesday.
Commenting on Wednesday’s ambassadorial Russia-NATO Council meeting, held in Brussels, Rogozin said Rasmussen was not considering any military campaigns in Libya, however NATO was ready for the most dramatic scenario in the Northern African state, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.
Some 2,000 people are believed to have been killed in clashes between protesters and pro-Gaddafi forces since a popular uprising began in the North African country on February 15. Inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans are demanding an end to Gaddafi’s 42-year authoritarian rule.
NATO has held two meetings on the situation in Libya, but “has yet to make any particular decisions,” Rogozin said.
The number of refugees fleeing the country has reached 180,000, including 77,000 who had left for Egypt and over 30,000 waiting at the Libyan-Tunisian boarder, UN refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said on Wednesday. (*)