Medvedev raps use of word crusades on Libya
GORKI, Russia, March 21
GORKI, Russia, March 21 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said the use of the term crusades to refer to the situation in Libya was "unacceptable".
Medvedev spoke just hours after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin likened the United Nations Security Council resolution authorising military intervention in Libya to "medieval calls for crusades".
Medvedev said Russia would not participate in any military coalition in Libya but was ready to take part in peacekeeping operations. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Steve Gutterman)