BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, March 22 (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s remarks on the U.N. resolution authorising armed intervention in Libya were his own personal opinion while President Dmitry Medvedev expressed Russia’s official position, Putin’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
“The assessment expressed by the prime minister is nothing other than his personal opinion. The assessment expressed by the head of state (Medvedev) is the only official position of the Russian Federation, which everyone is adhering to,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Slovenia.
Medvedev appeared to rebuke Putin for comparing Western calls for action on Libya with the crusades on Monday, in the sharpest public difference yet between Russia’s ruling ‘tandem’ ahead of 2012 elections. (Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; writing by Steve Gutterman; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)