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    Russia will not back a new UN resolution on Libya if it implies the continued use of force, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

    Russia will not back a new UN resolution on Libya if it implies the continued use of force, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

    "If a new resolution assumes an immediate end to violence and calls on the parties involved to sit down at the negotiating table, we in Russia will definitely back it," he said.

    It was not immediately clear what resolution he was referring to.

    Lavrov only said no new draft resolution on Libya had been submitted to the Security Council yet without explaining whether it was even in the works.

    "If, however, a resolution stipulates further aggravation of the civil war and violence, we will not be able to back it," the Russian minister said.

    NATO has been bombarding Gaddafi's forces under a UN-mandated no-fly zone to protect civilians.

    Russia abstained from the vote on the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17.

    Lavrov is on an official visit to the capital of Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian republic that Moscow recognized as independent along with another former republic, South Ossetia, after a short war with Georgia in 2008.

    SUKHUMI, April 26 (RIA Novosti) 

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