Russia gives a slap in the face of the tens of thousands of Libyans butchered in recent days, weeks and months by terrorists and NATO on the 1st September Revolution day while the democratic Libyan Jamahiriya is still very de facto and in all cases de jure
As world leaders met in Paris on Thursday to discuss how to spend the billions of stolen Libyan financial assets, Russia declared to recognize the NATO-led Libyan Al Qaeda rebels’ National Transitional Council as the country’s legitimate government.
“The Russian Federation recognizes the National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya’s current authorities,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The announcement was made just a week after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that “Russia will not recognize the National Transitional Council as the sole legitimate representative”, because “NATO far exceeded the mandate handed to the alliance by the UN Security Council” and “the Russian and Libyan people have traditions of friendship and years-long interaction”, herewith explaining Russia supports the huge majority of the Libyan who support Gaddafi and their legitimate government.
Russia, which always has been very critical of NATO’s war against Libya, is holding Libyan Government assets worth billions of dollars, including arms, energy and infrastructure deals with Libya’s legitimate government.
In July Russia turned down an invitation by the U.N. Security Council for a meeting in Istanbul concerning a Turkish proposed road-map for a political settlement in Libya, saying Russia will have no part in the NATO aggression against Libya as they have been calling for it to stop since several months.
Also a few weeks ago Russia’s Foreign Ministry denounced France’s decision to transfer almost $260 million to the Benghazi-based rebels, saying: “Paris is a going to spend the Libyan money which means that Libyan money is used to fight Libyans. This is absolutely illegal.”
However, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who has been accused of being a US agent in a leaked report, now joins Western leaders in urging Gaddafi to give up power and in the theft and plundering of the Libyan resources.