Thursday, March 10, 2011

Russia Takes a Stand

According to a recent report, Russia has halted all arms sales to the Gaddafi regime. Although there was a resolution adopted by the UN that bans all weapon sales to Libya, this step by Russia, who is the worlds second largest arms exporter in the world, is reinforcing the embargo and making a statement as to the gravity of the situation. According to the report, this move is even more bold as Libya has been the single largest buyer of Russian arms in the second half of the 20th century. This move, costing Moscow 4 billion in revenue, is sending a message clearly to Libya that the world is watching and is concerned with not only the outcome of the situation but how it is handled. If the idea of playing fairly can be applied to this seeming civil war, then the world is sending the signal to Libya to play fairly with the rebels.

megan smith

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