Russia warns over new UN resolution on Libya

Updated: 2011-04-26 16:42


Twitter Facebook Myspace Yahoo! Linkedin Mixx

MOSCOW - Russia said on Tuesday it will not support any United Nations Security Council resolutions on Libya which could escalate the conflict in the North African nation, local news agencies reported.

"If a resolution leads to a further escalation of a civil war by any means, including outside intervention, we will not be able to support this," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council member, abstained last month from the vote on a resolution authorising force to protect civilians in Libya by enforcing a no-fly zone.

But Russia's leaders have repeatedly criticised the extent of the coalition operation.

Initially, leaders of the NATO Western military alliance had ruled out sending ground troops to Libya, but EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said last week the bloc's members would consider such a step if the UN requested it.



Models gear up car sales

Beauty helps steer buyers as market accelerates.

Urban breathing space

City park at heart of industrial hub positions itself as top tourism attraction

On a roll

Auto hub Changchun also sets its sight on taking lead in railway sector

Peking Opera revival
25 years after Chernobyl
Luxury car show