Russia 'still has questions' about Libya no-fly zone

17th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia still has questions about the proposed no-fly zone over Libya that is being backed in the UN Security Council by France and Britain, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Moscow had previously expressed reservations about the zone, warning that it could lead to full-scale military intervention that broke international law.

The foreign ministry spokesman said Russia still could not understand how the proposed no-fly zone would be enforced.

"What type of control mechanisms ... does it have? Who will be implementing it, by what means, in what format?," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich demanded.

"All these questions remain unanswered to this day," news agencies quoted Lukashevich as saying.

France and Britain have led a campaign for a no-fly zone over Libya. While it is resisted by China, the United States has taken an increasingly tough line seeking broader measures against the threat posed by the Moamer Kadhafi regime.

The United States has said a no-fly zone may not be enough and stressed the need for strong Arab participation in any operation.

© 2011 AFP

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