G-8 rift with Russia over Libya campaign

By: AP
By: AP

DEAUVILLE, France -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the NATO-led bombing campaign in Libya is problematic and lamented growing resistance from Russia to the operation.

Sarkozy insisted that the 2-month-old operation has been necessary to protect civilians and encourage democratic movements throughout the Arab world.

He told reporters at a Group of Eight summit in Normandy that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "has to leave power."

Sarkozy met Thursday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and said "there is a big convergence of views."

Russia's ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov, told The Associated Press that the NATO campaign has gone "too far."

Discussion of Arab uprisings has dominated the G-8 summit.

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