Medvedev tells Gates of 'indiscriminate' force in Libya

22nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed concern Tuesday to US Defence Secretary Robert Gates about the "indiscriminate" use of force by foreign powers in Libya, the Kremlin said.

"Medvedev expressed concern about how the Security Council resolution on the no-fly zone was being implemented, and about the possibility of casualties among the civilian population in connection with the indiscriminate use of force by the aviation," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Medvedev also repeated that Russia had no plans to take part in the campaign, which was approved by a UN Security Council vote from which Russia abstained, but was seeking a role as a mediator in the conflict.

"Dmitry Medvedev confirmed Russia's readiness to mediate a peaceful end to the Libyan conflict," the Kremlin statement said.

The two sides also discussed Medvedev's earlier proposal for Russia to join a joint missile defence system for Europe, the Kremlin added without providing further details.

During an earlier meeting with Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Gates defended the air strikes against Moamer Kadhafi's regime, noting that international forces were careful to avoid risking civilian lives.

© 2011 AFP

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