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D. Rogozin (Russia): a new UN resolution is not justified. For the moment

Dmitry Rogozin in 2008 (© NGV / Bruxelles2)

(BRUSSELS2) The Russian ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, displays serious reluctance (to put it mildly!) with regard to a Western military intervention (NATO) in Libya but also a new resolution of the UN authorizing it, at least “for the moment”, as he confided (in Russian) in an interview of which 'B2' received the transcription.

A new resolution? Let's already apply the sanctions

For the Russian ambassador, a new resolution from the United Nations Security Council is not currently justified. “ Sanctions have been taken; they are justified and focused on normalizing the situation. For now, they seem to be the best tool to resolve the situation. There is therefore no need, at present, for a green light for a military operation and the United Nations Security Council is not ready to go further.. » This is not a Russian veto per se, a Russian diplomat explained to me. This is a position shared by several states, including within NATO (France, Germany, Turkey). “Those who favor a military solution are currently strategically isolated.” he clarified.

Military action: not justified for the moment

Military action is not currently justified, underlines D. Rogozine. There is no no established fact of use of Gaddafi's military aviation against Gaddafi's residential areas. These are reports from journalists that we receive. But not established facts. It is only on the facts established by the UN Security Council that we can make decisions, we cannot do it only on the basis of decisions of the media ».

And to add: " Aren't there already enough deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq of NATO and American soldiers. These two conflicts, very violent, very difficult, should have vaccinated the West and NATO against military adventures which are very difficult to manage. Maybe we should think about that first. »

The place of decision: in New York (United Nations headquarters) not in Brussels (NATO Headquarters)

Russia is in permanent consultation with its partners in Europe and the United States. We are observing the situation very carefully. The final decision on a possible military operation can only be adopted in New York, where the United Nations Security Council is located. »

Warning to supporters of the military solution

And the ambassador warned “ The concentration of armed forces off Libya only leads to the escalation of the conflict in Libya”. Taking up a famous phrase from the Russian writer Checov, he concludes “ If there is a gun hanging on the wall in act I, in the final act it shoots ! »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).