November 12, 2011
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, launched a broadside against the Western intervention in Libya yesterday, describing British, French and US action as “a complete scandal and a complete affront to the international community”. In “taking the side of one of the warring parties,” he said, “they had committed a crude violation of the UN resolution”.
Mr Putin was answering a question about Syria during a dinner with members of the Valdai group of international Russia specialists at a restaurant outside Moscow.
The sharpness of Mr Putin’s response – he had said that any action against Syria that caused destruction of the kind that had happened in Libya, would be “quite unacceptable” – suggested that he would be just as combative a president internationally, if he wins a third presidential term next March, as he was in his previous two terms.
The Russian Prime Minister also indicated growing tensions with the United States over missile defence, but tempered this with assurances about Russia’s readiness to assist with infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, as the US moved to withdraw.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:24 am