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Russia Says Asked by Western Allies to Mediate in Libya Conflict

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May 27 (Bloomberg) -- Western countries asked Russia to help mediate the conflict in Libya, said Natalia Timakova, President Dmitry Medvedev’s spokeswoman.

“This request was voiced by our partners at practically all the bilateral meetings,” Timakova told reporters at the Group of Eight summit in Deauville, France, late yesterday. Medvedev held talks earlier with his U.S. and French counterparts Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

Russia this week hosted a Libyan rebel representative after holding a meeting in Moscow on May 17 with envoys from Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in a bid to negotiate a cease-fire in the North African country.

Russia abstained from the United Nations Security Council vote in March that authorized military intervention by the U.S. and its allies in Libya to protect civilians. It has since accused the NATO-led air campaign of violating the resolution by supporting the rebels and causing civilian casualties.

-- Editors: Paul Abelsky, Leon Mangasarian

To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Deauville, France, via the Moscow newsroom at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net