MOSCOW， April 12 (Xinhua) -- A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has slammed the United States for disrespecting international law， which has led to "mistakes" by Washington in the Middle East and adjacent regions.
"The problem is in the absence of the legal basis for actions，" said Maria Zakharova on her Facebook page on Monday， commenting on the recent statement of U.S. President Barack Obama who confessed that his worst mistake during the presidency was a lack of planning for the aftermath of the toppling of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The United States， firstly， violated international law and varnished its actions by information campaigns. A few years later， when the luster fades and ceases to dazzle the eye， everybody will see the ruins of another state， while Washington calls it a mistake， and labels some other countries as aggressors， Zakharova said.
"Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya，" Obama said in an interview with the Fox News TV channel aired on Sunday.
As the Arab Spring revolts spread to Libya， the United Nations Security Council approved in March 2011 the establishment of a no-fly zone to protect civilians from air attacks.
In the months that followed， the U.S.-led NATO forces started their military campaigns in Libya， providing support to Libyan rebel forces.
Zakharova said the United States had acted in the same manner in Afghanistan and Iraq as it did in Libya， adding that Moscow was witnessing a similar scheme in Syria.
EU report calls for long-term support for refugees in Middle East
BRUSSELS， April 8 (Xinhua) -- Sustained funding for Syria's neighbors in the Middle East and more support for local administrations are essential in dealing with the refugee crisis， European Union (EU) local and regional leaders have said.
In a report adopted Friday， the EU's assembly of local and regional politicians called on the EU to help improve the living conditions of refugees in the Middle East and other conflict zones， through long-term financial support and by combining emergency aid with longer-term measures. Full story
Middle East high on agenda of New Zealand， Canadian defense minister talks
WELLINGTON， March 30 (Xinhua) -- The defense ministers of New Zealand and Canada will meet in Wellington Thursday to discuss the battle against Islamic State (IS) insurgents and other international security issues.
New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said the meeting with Canadian counterpart Harjit Sajjan was a timely opportunity to discuss mutual defense and security on a bilateral basis. Full story
Time "to ring the alarm bell" on waning prospects for Middle East peace -- UN envoy
UNITED NATIONS， March 24 (Xinhua) -- UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov warned Thursday that the prospects for an independent Palestine State are disappearing， adding "The time has come to ring the alarm bells that the two-state solution is slipping from our fingers."
Mladenov， in his briefing to the UN Security Council， also questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts toward the two-state solution， which， widely backed by the international community， means that a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent Palestine State.
ASTANA http://www.wholesaleshoesforsale.com/ , Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Flames engulfed a tall building under construction in the Kazakh capital here on early Saturday morning after at least three explosions, with no casualties reported so far.
Preliminary investigation showed that some gas cylinders on the 25th floor of the uncompleted Abu Dhabi Plaza exploded and caused fire wholesale nike shoes free shipping , said Ruslan Imankulov, an official with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He said firefighters rushed to the site near city center upon being alerted. A Xinhua correspondent saw several fire engines and ambulances near the building cheap wholesale nike shoes , which is still smoldering with some visible fire on the edges.
Glan Mackenzie, who was staying in a hotel 200 meters away from the building wholesale nike shoes mens , said he heard a loud explosion around 5 a.m. local time (2300 GMT Friday).
When he came out he saw the top of Abu Dhabi Plaza engulfed by a "huge fire ball," he said wholesale nike shoes womens , adding that there were two more explosions in the following half hour or more, and flames weakened after about one hour.
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