Russia rejects international military action in Libya

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 20, 2011 09:20 hrs

Moscow, March 20 (DPA) Russia has expressed 'regret' over the international military strikes against Libya and called for a ceasefire in the North African country.

'Moscow notes with regret this armed action, taken in conjunction with the hastily passed UN Security Council resolution 1973,' the foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website Sunday.

The government called for an immediate end to the 'bloodshed' in Libya to allow for dialogue.

Russia Thursday abstained from voting on the UN resolution which authorises the use of force and the creation of a no-fly zone in Libya, the scene of clashes between government forces and rebels.

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