Gaddafi cozies up to Moscow

2011-05-16 22:35
Moscow - Russia was due on Tuesday to hold previously unannounced talks with envoys of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi amid efforts by Moscow to help mediate an end to an international campaign it has opposed.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the meetings with the Tripoli government representatives will be followed by talks with rebel envoys from Benghazi at a later date.

"We have agreed Moscow meetings with representatives of both Tripoli and Benghazi," the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

"The Tripoli envoys will be here tomorrow," Russia's top diplomat said.

He added that the trip by the rebel representatives had been delayed for "technical" reasons but had originally been scheduled for Wednesday.

Lavrov did not specify which officials would be coming to Moscow or whom besides himself they would meet.

Senior Libyan rebel leader Mahmud Jibril held talks in Washington on Friday and met French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on the following day in his bid to gain international recognition for the opposition government.

Russia has refused to accept the rebels as a legitimate power in Libya and still has formal ties with the Gadafi regime.

Lavrov has fired almost daily barbs at the international military campaign against Gaddafi's forces and accused the foreign powers of trying to target the disputed Libyan leader.

Furious with rebel aid

Russia abstained for the UN Security Council vote on international military intervention in a move that helped the measure to pass.

But Moscow has argued that the current campaign breaches the UN mandate and has also criticised the leading role taken in the crisis by the International Contact Group.

It was particularly furious when the group this month agreed to provide financial assistance to the rebels from funds that partly came from Gaddafi's frozen foreign assets.

At the same time, Russia has also joined world powers in imposing its own financial and military export sanctions on Tripoli and has been openly critical of Gaddafi's crackdown on the opposition.

The Kremlin's top foreign policy adviser said shortly after the international campaign started that Moscow was keeping its ties open with Tripoli only "because we have to".

But while calling on Gaddafi to immediately cease fire and enter talks, Russia has also criticised some Western nations for agreeing to start training the rebels, saying the decision breached international law.

Read more on:    sergei lavrov  |  russia  |  libya  |  north africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Khayelitsha 19:27 PM
Road name: Spine Road Southbound

DELAYS from N2 Highway going into Khayelitsha

Cape Town 19:21 PM
Road name: N2 Outbound

ACCIDENT near the Airport runway

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.