Putin slams UN Libya resolution as 'medieval crusade'
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday slammed the UN resolution authorising military action against Libya as a flawed text resembling a "medieval call to crusade", news agencies said.
"The resolution by the Security Council, of course, is defective and flawed," Russian news agencies quoted Putin as telling workers on a visit to a factory outside Moscow.
"To me, it resembles some sort of medieval call to crusade when someone would appeal to someone to go to a certain place and free someone else."
Putin's comments marked a hardening of Moscow's rhetoric against the Western military action on Libya after Russia abstained from the UN resolution last week, refusing to use its veto which would have blocked its passage.
© 2011 AFP