For Moscow attacks on Libya with combat helicopters amount to ground military operations 0506112
Defense News - Libya
Sunday, June 5, 2011, 11:59 AM
For Moscow attacks on Libya with combat helicopters amount to ground military operations.
Moscow is alarmed over NATO's disproportionate use of force in Libya and the alliance's clear support for one side in the Libyan conflict. NATO's actions in Libya are gradually evolving into a land operation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Video Preparation of combat helicopters Gazelle and Tiger of the French Army on the French Navy ship Tonnerre for combat missions in Libya
The French armed forces website said on Saturday that British and French light aviation helicopters of the ground forces had delivered pinpoint strikes at Libya on Friday night as part of NATO's military operation.
"We know that France and Britain intend to use combat helicopters, which we see as intentional or unintentional development [of NATO's operation into] a land operation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Moscow is concerned "over increasingly frequent disproportionate use of military force in the country where the nature and the parameters of interference from outside have been clearly defined by the UN decisions," Ivanov said.