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.
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.