Moscow: Amid mounting Russian concern over Western actions in the Libya conflict were flouting UN Security Council resolutions President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (Agencies)
The President last week criticised the West for exceeding the mandate of the UN resolution establishing a no-fly zone over Libya and essentially launching a military operation in the north African country.
The Russian president told Ban Ki-moon that he wanted to discuss over the ongoing conflicts in Africa, the situation in the Middle East and North Korea.
Medvedev said, “There is still a need to undertake plenty of efforts to improve the foundation of international legal order and facilitate the development of democracy and adherence to human rights in various parts of our planet.”
In reaction Ban told Medvedev, “World leaders had agreed that the international community should work together very closely, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions."
Speaking after a summit with the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa in southern China last week, Medvedev said that a loose interpretation of UN resolutions was a very dangerous tendency in international relations.
Russia had abstained in the vote on the UN Security Council Libya no-fly zone resolution, refraining from using its veto in a move that drew praise from the West.
But on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed regret that the West was increasingly being drawn into the conflict which threatened to turn into a ground operation.
Moscow: Amid mounting Russian concern over Western actions in the Libya conflict were flouting UN Security Council resolutions President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.