Russian Envoy: NATO Likely Preparing Ground Invasion in Libya

Amid Escalations, Speculation Some Member Nations Will Invade

by Jason Ditz, July 01, 2011

Speaking today to a Russian media outlet, Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said he believes that NATO, or at least some of its members, are laying the groundwork for a fullscale ground invasion of Libya.

Rogozin’s comments came in the wake of repeatedly complaints about the repeated escalation of the war by NATO member nations, particularly France, and included a call for France to explain how it felt dropping weapons into Libya did not violate UN Security Resolution 1970.

NATO officials have repeatedly denied a plan to invade the nation, which is explicitly forbidden by the UN resolution they are using as a pretext for the war. They have, however, suggested they would be open to a post-Gadhafi occupation force.

But some NATO troops have already been caught on camera violating the ban, and as what was presented as a quick air war descends into a long-term stalemate expected to last months, France and Britain in particular seem keen to escalate the war in hopes that it will provide a solution. At this point, few escalatory options exist other than a ground invasion.

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