Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Medvedev, Putin Clash Over Libya

Posted by Info on 21/03/2011

The Western-led military action in Libya provoked a rare public split in Russia‘s ruling tandem, as President Dmitry Medvedev appeared to scold his patron, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, for publicly criticizing the effort.

Dressed in a fur-trimmed leather bomber jacket embroidered with the words “Commander in Chief” in Russian, Mr. Medvedev defended his decision not to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing the action and warned critics to watch their words.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable to use phrases that in effect lead to conflict between civilizations, such as ‘crusades,’ and the like,” he said.

He was speaking just hours after Mr. Putin, speaking to workers at a missile factory in central Russia, criticized the U.N. resolution, saying, “the whole thing reminds me of some kind of medieval call to the crusades.”

Officials denied any split between the two leaders.

“For Medvedev, the West is an ally. For Putin, it’s something alarming.”

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