Russia calls latest Libya bombings illegal

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Russia on Wednesday called NATO's latest bombings of Tripoli a "grave departure" from UN resolutions on Libya that could lead to a further escalation in violence and cause more suffering.

"We clearly see another grave violation on UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Russia said the West's attempts to justify the offensive by pointing to the threats being posed to civilians by Moamer Kadhafi's regime ignored the danger of the Tripoli government becoming even more entrenched in its stance.

"Air strikes are not stopping the military confrontation between the Libyan parties and only creating more suffering among peaceful civilians," the foreign ministry said.

The Russian statement added that NATO's current strategy was "in no way moving us closer toward achieving the overall goal of quickly ending the armed conflict."

NATO forces launched their heaviest blitz of the campaign overnight that centres on the embattled leader's Bab Al-Aziziya residential compound.

Russia abstained from the second UN resolution on Libya in a move that allowed international forces to launch their air campaign.

© 2011 AFP

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