Russia rules out taking part in Libya operation

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Russia on Friday ruled out taking part in a military operation against Libya, chief of staff General Nikolai Makarov was quoted as saying.

"No, this is ruled out," the Interfax news agency quoted Makarov as saying.

The UN Security Council on Thursday approved military action to halt Moamer Kadhafi's assault on rebels, clearing the way for air strikes, with the first bombing raids possible within hours.

Russia and China abstained from the vote, but did not use their veto which would have blocked the resolution.

So far Britain, France, the United States, Norway and Qatar are among the countries that have said they will help to enforce the no-fly zone, while China, Germany, Poland, Australia and Russia have indicated they will not.

© 2011 AFP

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