Military ground operations qualify as occupying Libya

Any foreign military ground operations in Libya will be considered as occupying the country, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday.

“Holding [military] ground operations will be qualified as occupying Libya and that directly contradicts the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council,” Rogozin told RIA Novosti.

The UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, also permitting “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s attacks on rebel-held towns.

The operation to enforce the no-fly zone, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, is being conducted jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

Rogozin said that on March 29, the Russian-NATO Council will meet in order “to confirm the limits that the UN Security Council has placed on the participants of the conflict.”

Western warplanes have flown more than 300 sorties over the North African country and fired 162 Tomahawk missiles in the UN-mandated mission. Libyan state media outlets have reported that dozens of people have been killed by the airstrikes.

BRUSSELS, March 26 (RIA Novosti)

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