Russia’s Libya role irks China

By M K Bhadrakumar

Russia went to the Group of Eight (G-8) summit meeting at Deauville last week as an inveterate critic of the “unilateralist” Western intervention in Libya, but came away from the seaside French resort as a mediator between the West and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The United States scored a big diplomatic victory in getting Moscow to work for regime change in Libya.

However, Russia’s u-turn displeases China. Beijing feels that Moscow led it up the garden path and left it alone. Russia virtually dumped the “joint cooperation” project on the Middle East and North Africa that Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi worked out at their meeting in Moscow last month as a new dimension to Sino-Russian strategic partnership.


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