Russia criticizes Gulf troops in Bahrain

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Russia said Thursday that the military intervention in Bahrain by Gulf troops to help quell pro-democracy protests was a "road to nowhere" that could only provoke more violence.

"The use of force to resolve the situation, even if it involves mechanisms of regional cooperation, can hardly help calm the situation," news agencies quoted foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich as saying.

"Military intervention, either on a regional or broader level, is a road to nowhere," he said.

Armed forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates rolled into Bahrain on Monday at the invitation of the Sunni monarchy to help Manama deal with Shiite-led protesters.

Russia has generally opposed outside intervention in Middle Eastern and North African conflicts, expressing particular concern over the potential use of force in Libya.

© 2011 AFP

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