Russia urges NATO to investigate Libyan deaths

The campaign by Britain, France, the United States and their allies has severely divided the UN Security Council with Nato’s opponents blaming the strikes for the failure to condemn Syria’s clampdown on demonstrators.

A British Typhoon jet (L) and Eurofighter approach a Canadian Boeing CC-150 Polaris during a refuelling operation above the Mediterranean sea as part of the NATO operation over Libya

A British Typhoon jet (L) and Eurofighter approach a Canadian Boeing CC-150 Polaris during a refuelling operation above the Mediterranean sea as part of the NATO operation over Libya

Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said he would speak to the UN Security Council this week about estimates given to The New York Times saying Nato air attacks this year had killed between 40 and 70 civilians in Libya.

Mr Churkin also criticised UN leader Ban Ki-moon for supporting the strikes by the United States, Britain, France and its allies against Gaddafi targets after the strongman’s clampdown on opposition protests.

“We hope that NATO is going to revisit this entire problem, is going to investigate this matter,” Mr Churkin told reporters.
“Unfortunately NATO adopted a pure propaganda stand claiming zero civilian casualties in Libya which was completely implausible first of all and secondly not true,” said the envoy.

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