September 23, 2019

Medvedev says Putin Libya “crusade” comment “unacceptable”

The guy blocking the photo of me? Oh that is just a security guy. He is a nobody.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s description of the UN resolution on Libya saying it resembled “medieval calls for crusades,” is “unacceptable.”

Russia abstained from the vote on the United Nations Security Council resolution, to establish a no-fly zone in Libya and protect civilians from pro-Gadaffi forces.

President Medvedev told Russian news agencies that “Under no circumstances is it acceptable to use expressions which essentially lead to a clash of civilisations, such as ‘crusade’ and so on.”

“It is unacceptable. Otherwise, everything may end up much worse compared to what’s going on now.”

This is a rare moment in Russian politics with President Medvedev openly criticising Putin. Medvedev has long been seen as only a ‘seat warmer’ for Putin who is anticipating a return to the top job in next years Russian presidential elections.

Mr Putin had earler said UN Security Council Resolution 1973 was “defective and flawed” as it “allows for everything”.

The resolution authorises “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya, but Mr Putin said there was no logic in killing civilians to achieve that end.

Mr Medvedev’s comment appears to be a slap on the hand for Mr Putin. By commenting on the UN Security Council resolution and the coalition’s actions, Mr Putin has strayed into foreign policy – which is normally the domain of the President not the Prime Minister.

It seems that while at the beginning of Medvedev’s presidency, he might have been happy being a ‘caretaker’ president for Putin. But after three years in power, he has clearly aquired a taste for it.

While Putin might think he is a ‘shoe-in’ for the top job, he might just have a fight on his hands from former ally, Medvedev.