Mail Online
March 2, 2011

Russia’s top diplomat has today dismissed plans to create a no-fly zone over Libya as embattled leader Moammar Gaddafi unleashed bombing raids, special forces and army troops in a desperate bid to retain power.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the idea of imposing limits on Libyan air space as ‘superfluous’ and said world powers must instead focus on fully using the sanctions that the UN Security Council approved over the weekend.

David Cameron and his counterparts in the U.S. and Australia had hoped that the military tactic – used successfully for years in northern Iraq – would prevent Gaddafi from bombing his own people.

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