Friday, August 12, 2011

[news] Medvedev authorize Libya sanctions 5 months after UN vote

The measures approved by Medvedev include a ban on the use of Russian airspace by Libyan planes (AFP/POOL/File, Sergei Karpukhin)

MOSCOW - President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree tightening sanctions on Libya five months after the measure passed by the Security Council of the UN in March, the Kremlin said Friday.

It was not immediately clear why Medvedev signed a decree implementing the sanctions long after resolution 1973 was passed.

Russia was forced to sign the measure as a member of the Security Council of the UN, and Medvedev's decree makes no mention of military action abroad is specified in the measure.
Medvedev approved measures include a ban on the use of Russian airspace to Libyan planes or humanitarian flights to Libya.

The decree also hits the freezing of assets of Muammar Qadhafi, his close relatives and his entourage, and barred from traveling to Russia.

Russia abstained from voting on the resolution, while not using their veto power, worry that the establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya would open the way for large-scale military operation.
The March 17 resolution crashed in Libya for breach of an earlier resolution adopted in February and called a no-fly zone and the protection of the rebel forces of Kadhafi.

Medvedev had signed a decree in March of implementation of resolution 1970 adopted in February, that Russia supported.

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