2011-03-22 10:06:00

Expressions like "crusades" unacceptable with respect to situation in Libya - Medvedev

Gorki, March 22, Interfax - President Dmitry Medvedev believes that one should be very accurate in one's statements about the situation in Libya.

"The use of expressions like 'crusades' and so on, which may actually lead to a clash of civilizations, is unacceptable. Otherwise, the end might be far worse than what is happening now," Medvedev told reporters in Gorki on Monday.

He said he did not consider UN Security Council resolution 1973 to be a wrong one.

"I think that this resolution on the whole reflects our understanding of the situation in Libya, but not to the full extent, which is why we did not use our right of veto, but as you understand, this was a qualified refusal, proceeding from the consequences that were quite clear. It would be wrong to say that we 'had no idea what to do'", the president said.

Those were his instructions to the Foreign Ministry, Medvedev said.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has called the UN Security Council resolution on Libya incomplete.

"This resolution of the Security Council is obviously incomplete and flawed," he told workers of the Votkinsk plant on Monday.

"It resembles a medieval appeal for a crusade, in which someone called for going to some places and freeing something," Putin said.

Although the Russian government is not engaged in foreign politics, Putin said he had a personal opinion about the Libyan events.