Libya seeks Russian help to mediate crisis

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April 27, 2011 3:50 AM EST

Libya has sought out the help of Russia to call an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, according to the Libyan state news agency JANA.

JANA said such a meeting would be aimed at discussing "the immoderate colonial and Crusader aggression which has been hitting Libyan civilian targets and has attempted to target leader Moammar Gaddafi in breach of two Security Council resolutions and of international agreements."

It was not clear if Russian officials had responded to the Libyan entreaty.

Earlier, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has criticized the NATO-led Western coalition’s military campaign which is enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, citing that its actions have greatly exceeded the limitations of a UN resolution originally designed to protect civilians.

Putin also reportedly said the NATO forces had no right to seek to kill Gaddafi.

"They said they didn't want to kill Gaddafi. Now some officials say, yes, we are trying to kill Gaddafi," Putin said during a visit to Denmark. "Who permitted this, was there any trial? Who took on the right to execute this man?"

Putin further said that he thought that the nature of Gaddafi’s rule "overall answers to the mentality of the population" in the region.

Putin asked sarcastically: "Is there a lack of such crooked regimes in the world? What, are we going to intervene in all these conflicts? Look at Africa, look at Somalia. Are we going to bomb everywhere and conduct missile strikes?"

Putin further blasted the NATO mission in Libya:

"They are destroying the country's whole infrastructure, and in fact one of the warring sides is attacking under the cover of aircraft.”

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