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Photostream : Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger
MOSCOW, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — Coalition forces involved in a military operation in Libya should act strictly within the UN mandate and answer directly to the Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, RIA NOVOSTI reported.
The Security Council adopted this resolution  with the sole purpose of ensuring the protection of civilians,” he said. “So those countries that volunteered to implement this resolution should report to the UN Security Council, not some ad hoc structures.”
Lavrov has been critical of the Western-led military operation, claiming on Monday that it was at odds with a UN Security Council resolution passed on March 17 to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Russia was one of five countries to abstain from the vote.
On Sunday, NATO began taking command from the United States of all aerial operations to ensure the no-fly zone and an arms embargo in Libya. The transfer of authority will take up to three days and should be completed by Wednesday.
Libyan television has reported that dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in the strikes and that many health and education facilities have been destroyed. Coalition commanders deny this. (*)
Photostream : Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russia, March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) A military intervention in Libya is not a remedy against crisis, Libyans should solve their problems themselves, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.
As reported by RIA Novosti, Lavrov reiterated Russia’s official position on the ongoing situation in the riots-hit Libya, saying the North African state needed political methods to stop the bloodshed.
The unrest in Libya began on February 15, following the ouster of authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Libyans are demanding an end to its leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. Up to 6,000 people had been killed in the anti-government clashes, according to the international human rights organizations.
“We support the international initiatives to provide the humanitarian aid to those affected by the Libyan crisis,” Lavrov said, adding that Russia had sent Emergency Ministry’s planes to deliver food and medicines to the North African state.
The U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States had allocated additional $15 million for emergency operations in the neighboring regions, sheltering thousands of refugees, who had fled Libya.
“I want to send a very clear message to those who are around Colonel Qaddafi. It is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there,” Obama said after the meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Earlier on Monday NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance would not intervene in Libya, though NATO had plans in case of any possible scenario. (*)