Report: Russian Envoy Says Gadhafi Has Suicide Plan’ for Tripoli

Russian envoy says, ‘The Libyan premier told me: If the rebels take over the city, we will cover it with missiles and blow it up.’

Libyan leader Muammer Gadhafi has prepared a "suicidal plan" to blow up Tripoli if the rebels take control of it, a Russian envoy told the Izvestia newspaper on Thursday.

"The Libyan premier told me: If the rebels take over the city, we will cover it with missiles and blow it up," Russia's special envoy to Libya, Mikhail Margelov, said in the interview.

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Margelov met with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi on June 16 in Tripoli.

The envoy warned that he believes the Libyan regime does have "such a suicidal plan," adding that Gadhafi "still has huge supplies of missiles and ammunition."

Margelov said that Gadhafi had still not used his surface-to-surface missiles.

Russia abstained from a vote in March in the UN Security Council resolution that mandated a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians. It has also criticized the NATO-led military campaign against Libya.

NATO forces began UN-sanctioned operations against Libya on March 31 after pro-democracy protests were brutally put down by Gadhafi's regime.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants against Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi for alleged crimes against humanity.

Gadhafi last week again threatened an attack on Europe as revenge against the NATO-led campaign. In an audio message broadcast on state television, he threatened to send hundreds of Libyans to become "martyrs" in Europe.

"An eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. But we will give them a chance to come to their senses," Gadhafi said.