Russia Says No-Fly Zone Over Libya Was Not Discussed With Clinton

February 28, 2011 - 6:43 AM

Geneva (AP) - Russia's foreign minister says he had no talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton about a no-fly zone over Libya as Western officials raised doubts about the ability to enforce such an order.

Sergei  Lavrov said the no-fly zone was "absolutely not" discussed as he emerged from a meeting with Clinton. "It was not mentioned by anyone," he said.

His comments come as French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said his government was studying all options, including military, to push Moammar Gadhafi into leaving power. But Fillon said a no-fly zone needed U.N. support "which is far from being obtained today."

And he questioned whether NATO should get involved in a civil war in a North African country