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Should the Russian Foreign Ministry read AP?

A recent article cities the Russian foreign minister as saying the first media mention of a European Union plan to send soldiers to Libya was on April 27. But the AP Brussels bureau first reported on the plan on April 1 and again on April 8.   Other prominent media organizations reported on it, as well.

(The plan, which would have used European Union soldiers to protect humanitarian organizations working in Libya, appears to be permanently languishing in the absence of a UN invitation. So the Russian Foreign Ministry appears to have first heard about the plan after it was pretty much dead.)

“I can say only one thing concerning the plan that I’ve read about it in mass media and that’s all,”  Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov was quopted as saying on April 28. “Resolution 1973 of the UN Security Council says nothing of launching a land operation, but the document does not provide for this.”

He was quoted as saying the first mention of a European Union plan appeared the day before. 

 When the European Union contemplates sending armed troops into a war zone, it’s kind of a big deal. You’d think the Russian Foreign Ministry would want to know about it before it had already been debated in the press for three weeks.


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