Russia warns against euphoria in Libya
Russian officials on Monday warned against "euphoria" on the approaching end of the regime of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, saying his ouster would not end the country's political crisis, DPA reported.
"The revolutionary experience teaches that it is difficult for those who conquer to hold power," said Mikhail Margelov, special representative to Libya for the Russian president.
Only hours may remain in the military operation that will likely force a regime change in Libya, but the crisis in the country has deep political roots that will not be overcome so quickly, he said, according to the Interfax news agency.
"A military success will not mean a political one," he said.
Margelov said Russian intelligence believes Gaddafi currently remains free outside of rebel hands and will likely attempt to leave Libya.
Russia will "under no circumstances" provide Gaddafi sanctuary, he said.
The key issue facing Libya now is "tough negotiations between the parts of the Libyan elite, including former Gaddafi supporters, emigrants and members of the royal family," he said.
Looking ahead to a Libya's next government, Margelov said Russia was interested in "functional and friendly relations" with Gaddafi's opponents.
"The world needs a democratic and predictable Libya," Margelov said.