Medvedev tells Obama to avoid civilian casualties in Libya

24th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia's Dmitry Medvedev told US President Barack Obama on Thursday of the need to avoid civilian casualties in the international bombing campaign in Libya, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin said the Russian president called Obama to discuss the Libyan campaign and other regional issues.

"The Russian president especially noted the need to avoid casualties among the civilian population and the priority of achieving goals set by UN Security Council Resolution 1973," the Kremlin statement said.

Russia abstained from the UN Security Council vote authorising the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya and the use of "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians from Moamer Kadhafi's forces.

Medvedev on Tuesday expressed concern to visiting US Defence Secretary Robert Gates about the "indiscriminate" use of force by foreign powers in Libya.

© 2011 AFP

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