Russian foreign minister declines to back Libya no-fly zone
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday declined to back proposals for a no-fly zone over Libya and called for the full implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolution on Tripoli, dpa reported.
"We should avoid the superfluous, we need to focus on implementing that resolution," Lavrov told reporters in Geneva, where he is on a three-day visit.
"I hope the Libyan leadership will listen to the voice of the international community, which spoke in unison, and take all necessary measures to implement the content of that document," he said.
European Union and US officials on Monday discussed the option of imposing a non-fly zone over the North America as a measure to prevent airstrikes against civilians.
"The no-fly zone is an option we are actively considering," US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters, also at the UN in Geneva.
On Saturday, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Libya, including an arms embargo and travel bans on the government of Moamer Gaddafi, while also recommending the situation in the country to the International Criminal Court, over concern of crimes against humanity.