Russia criticises West's backing of Libyan rebels

Reuters , Monday 18 Jul 2011

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says countries that recognized the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council stand fully on the side of one political force in a civil war

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Reuters photo)

Russia on Monday criticised the United States and other countries that have recognised the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council as a legitimate government, saying they were taking sides in the civil war.

"Those who declare recognition stand fully on the side of one political force in a civil war," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

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