Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Russian Pres. Medvedev Rejects Term "Crusades;" Term Was Used by PM Putin for Attacks on Libya

The France 24 website reports today (March 22, 2011) that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday that using the term "crusades" to refer to the situation in Libya was "unacceptable," thus publicly criticizing Russia's paramount leader, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Putin -- who is opposed to the current bombing of Libya by the U.S. and several other nations -- had likened the United Nations' authorization of military intervention in Libya to "medieval calls for crusades."

"In no way is it acceptable to use expressions that in essence lead to a clash of civilizations," Medvedev told reporters.

"Otherwise, everything may end up far worse," he added.

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