Russia opposes military action on Libya
Russia, March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / PRESS TV.IR) — Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country is against any form of military intervention in Libya while the US is weighing military option against the North African country, as reported by Iranian television PRESS TV on Tuesday.
“We do not consider foreign and especially military intervention a means to resolve the crisis in Libya. The Libyans must resolve their problems themselves,” Lavrov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying on Monday.
Senior US senators John McCain and John Kerry have called on President Barack Obama to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to limit the country’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s ability to crack down on protesters.
Britain and France are drafting a UN resolution to push ahead with the measure and the proposal could be submitted to the Security Council this week, a diplomat said earlier Monday.
The Security Council unanimously passed a round of sanctions against the Gaddafi regime and ordered an investigation into Tripoli’s crimes against humanity on February 26.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that US defense planners were preparing a range of land, sea and air military options in Libya in case Washington and its allies decide to intervene there. (*)