02 Mar '11, 12am

Russia poo-pooing the idea of a no-fly zone Russia has veto power on Security Council #Libya

GENEVA - The Russian Foreign Minister has ruled out the idea of creating a no-fly zone over Libya yesterday as embattled leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi unleashed bombing raids, special forces and troops in a desperate bid to retain power. Mr Sergey Lavrov described the idea of imposing limits on Libyan air space as "superfluous" and said world powers must instead focus on fully using the sanctions that the United Nations Security Council approved over the weekend. Leaders in the United States, Europe and Australia have suggested the military tactic - used successfully for years in northern Iraq - to prevent Col Gaddafi from bombing his own people. Russia's consent is required as a veto-wielding member of the Security Council. On the ground, thousands fleeing Libya caused chaos at the border with Tunisia yesterday. Tunisian border guards were letting people, mostly foreigne...

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