Kadhafi 'political corpse', must step down: Kremlin source
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is a "living political corpse" who has no place in the civilised world and must quit power, the Interfax news agency quoted a Kremlin source as saying Tuesday.
"We believe that even if Kadhafi now manages to dig himself in, he is a living political corpse who has no place in the modern civilised world," the source said in Russia's first clear call for the Libyan leader to quit.
The source, who was not identified, also moved to explain Moscow's apparently sluggish response to the violence used by the Libyan authorities against demonstrators demanding the ousting of Kadhafi.
President Dmitry Medvedev "right from the start reacted negatively to recent actions of the Libyan authorities" but only spoke out once all Russian citizens had been evacuated, the source said.
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