August 22, 2011 / 12:37 PM / 8 years ago

Russia hopes Libya power shift to end bloodshed

MOSCOW, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Russia hopes the seizure of power by Libyan rebels will bring an end to bloodshed, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

“The dramatic turn of events in the Libyan conflict bears witness, by all signs, to a shift of power into the hands of the rebels very soon,” the ministry said in a statement. “We hope that this will bring an end to the drawn-out bloodshed between Libyans, which has brought so much misfortune and suffering to the population of the country.”

Reporting by Gleb Bryanski; writing by Thomas Grove; editing by Steve Gutterman

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