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Russia says NATO violates Libya resolution

April 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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MOSCOW, April 18 (UPI) -- NATO's intervention in Libya violates the U.N. Security Council resolution, Russia's envoy to the alliance said Monday.

"More and more European states are declaring support for the Libyan rebels. We request to stop violating the U.N. Security Council resolution, especially its clause imposing an embargo on arms supplies to the conflict zone," Dmitry Rogozin told RIA Novosti.

"Getting more and more entangled in the Libyan crisis, certain Western states have started speculating about the possibility of a ground operation, which would probably be introduced as an operation to secure humanitarian convoys," Rogozin said.

France is urging European Union countries to send a humanitarian mission to Libya, but Foreign Minister Alain Juppe denies it would have a military role.

The Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17 with the stated goal of protecting civilians.

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