Russia:Gaddafi should not have been killed – Lavrov
Laaska News Oct. 21,2011
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should not have been killed as a prisoner of war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with three Russian radio stations, including the Voice of Russia, the Radio of Russia and the Echo of Moscow, aired on Friday.
Under international law, international humanitarian rules are in force during any armed conflict, Lavrov said, referring to the ongoing armed conflict in Libya.
These rules are enshrined in the Geneva conventions, adopted in the late 1940s, Lavrov said.
These conventions say that when a participant of an armed conflict is captured, special procedures should be applied with respect to him or her, including medical aid if the participant is wounded,” Lavrov explained.
Not to mention that he or she must not be killed, Lavrov added.
“Under international law, international humanitarian rules are in force during any armed conflict”, Lavrov said, referring to the ongoing armed conflict in Libya.
“These rules are enshrined in the Geneva conventions, adopted in the late 1940s”, Lavrov said.
“These conventions say that when a participant of an armed conflict is captured, special procedures should be applied with respect to him or her, including medical aid if the participant is wounded,” Lavrov explained.
Not to mention that he or she must not be killed, Lavrov said, citing a “number of questions concerning the Gaddafi’s death.”
“Footage showed the wounded Gaddafi being killed after he was captured, the Russian FM recalled.
“Gaddafi has long lost his legitimacy,” Lavrov went on to say, referring to a recent statement to this effect by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
“The topic was also on the agenda of this year’s G-8 summit in Deauville, France, where participants demanded Gaddafi’s immediate resignation”, Lavrov said, citing a collective agreement to this effect.
He singled out the protracted use of force against peaceful demonstrations in Libya, which finally prompted the OSCE to adopt two resolutions on this North African country earlier this year.
“It was decided at the time that Gaddafi should be brought to the International Criminal Court, “Lavrov recalled.
NATO’s action in Libya should be legally assessed
NATO’s actions in Libya before Gaddafi’s death should be legally assessed, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated.
The diplomat said that the attack by NATO jets on Gaddafi’s car convoy needs to be considered from the point of international law.
Russia keeps its Mid East and N. Africa positions
Russia hasn’t lost its positions in the Arab world and North Africa and has even strengthened them, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated.
He said that Russia has expanded its opportunities in the region during the last 10-15 years focusing its attention on the Arab countries to compensate for lukewarm USSR-Gulf relations.
Lavrov said that even though the USSR had diplomatic ties with several Gulf countries they were not so culturally and economically extensive. Now the situation is different and Russia has ties with all countries in the region.
Russia-African Union ties have great potential
Sergei Lavrov has touched upon Russia-African Union relations in his live interview with the Voice of Russia, Radio of Russia and the Echo of Moscow radio stations. He positively assessed the prospects of cooperation as now Russia is actively involved in UN peacekeeping operations in the region and provides peacekeepers with training and supplies.
Moscow has also established on going relations with the African Union and has its permanent envoy to the organization in Addis Ababa.
However, Lavrov stated that bilateral cooperation has a greater potential as Russia’s trade turnover with African countries south of the Sahara is worth some 4 bln dollars while China enjoys a 120-bln dollar turnover.
Lavrov illustrated successful bilateral interaction with joint projects with Russia’s Gazprom, RusAl, Renova, Lukoil and Alrosa companies.
We want proof that arms aren’t smuggled into Syria
Russia has called for proof that extremists are not smuggling arms into Syria, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated in his live radio interview. Russia condemns those militants who try to sneak into crowds of peaceful protestors and get weapons from abroad. Information about arms-trafficking hasn’t been denied yet, so if someone has proof that arms are not smuggled into Syria they’re welcome to reveal it, Lavrov stated.
The Minister noted that people had witnessed extremists hiding among civilians in the crowds.
Russia ready to consider Katyn exhonerations
Russia is ready to consider exoneration of the victims of the Katyn massacre, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with three Russian radio stations on Friday.
“We are prepared to examine the absolutely justified request to rehabilitate these people,” Lavrov said, answering a question by a RIA Novosti news agency about a lawsuit to this effect filed by a group of individuals against Russia with the European Council for Human Rights.
“The matter should be resolved in a way that would accommodate the families of the Polish military officers and, at the same time, be in line with Russian law,” the minister added.
Moscow wants compromise with EU on energy package
Moscow hopes for an energy compromise with the EU without going to court, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
We expect the current talks between Russia’s Energy Ministry and the EU Energy Commissioner to bear fruit. They’re aimed at not making the third energy package retroactive to the already complete energy projects that are to be implemented soon, the Minister said.
Lavrov expressed his concerns over unilateral actions by the Euro Commission and noted that Russia’s priority is to protect the interests of domestic oil and gas companies abroad.
McCain’s phobias don’t shape US policy
Ex-US presidential candidate, Sen. (R)John McCain will hardly shape US policy, thus his extravagant statements shouldn’t be taken seriously, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated during his live interview with the Voice of Russia, Radio of Russia and the Echo of Moscow radio stations. Recently, the Senator said that the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may dismay Russia, China and some other countries.
Lavrov noted that this is MacCain’s usual rhetoric and he has his own phobias which are beyond comments.