Medvedev slams Putin's 'unacceptable' Libya comments

21st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday slammed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's comments on military action against Libya as "unacceptable", in the most public clash yet between Russia's ruling tandem.

Putin earlier Monday denounced the UN resolution allowing military action on Libya as resembling a "medieval call to crusade", in one of his most virulent diatribes against the West in years.

"Under no circumstances is it acceptable to use expressions which essentially lead to a clash of civilizations. Such as 'crusade' and so on," Russian news agencies quoted Medvedev as saying.

"It is unacceptable. Otherwise, everything may end up much worse compared to what's going on now. Everyone should remember that."

Medvedev took over the Kremlin in 2008 after Putin served two four-year terms as president. Putin immediately became a powerful prime minister and until now the two men have steered clear of clashes in public.

© 2011 AFP

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