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Russian President's Aide: Anti-Qadhafi Forces in Libya Have Moral High Ground

Moscow, 23 March: Russia continues to maintain diplomatic relations with Libya but believes that it is immoral to condemn the position of those who fight against Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, aide to the Russian president Sergey Prikhodko said.

"We maintain diplomatic relations with the incumbent Libyan authorities," Prikhodko told journalists on Wednesday.

At the same time, he pointed out, in Russia's opinion the prime cause of everything currently happening in Libya is "the unacceptable actions of Al-Qadhafi himself."

A source in the Russian president's administration speaking to Interfax earlier described AL-Qadhafi as "a political corpse who has no place in the civilized world."

"Therefore the moral position of those who fight against him, it is perfectly obvious, and does not merit any condemnation," Prikhodko said.

He stressed that Russia "will proceed from a balanced assessment of the situation in Libya" in its contacts.

Asked about Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's readiness for talks with the opposition, Prikhodko said that Moscow has no such information. "We have not received any signals that Al-Qadhafi's is ready to negotiate."

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