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What's Behind Russia's Libya Shift?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

One of the less-reported developments at last week's G-8 summit was Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's about-face on the Libyan crisis. Medvedev called on Moammar Gadhafi to step down and added that Russia will not offer a safe haven to the beleaguered Libyan leader.

Russia has previously been critical of NATO's bombing campaign in Libya, and with reports now indicating that Moscow seeks to play a mediation role toward negotiating Gadhafi's exit, close observers are questioning what prompted the policy shift. ...

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