Russia warned against foreign meddling in Libya and called for an “independent assessment” of the situation in the North African country.

“Intervention in internal affairs, especially military interference, is unacceptable” in Libya or any other state, said Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday. “Any rash action, based on models that may be applicable in other parts of the world, could create serious problems that will then have to be sorted out by the African countries themselves,” Mr. Lavrov said at a press conference with his Congolese counterpart in Moscow.

President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a decree banning the “export, sale and delivery to Libya... of all kinds of weapons and associated materials”, as required by a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last month.

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