UN: Russia – newly humanitarian – says destroying Libya migrant boats ‘going too far’

Members of NGOs and asylum seekers take part in rally called “Funeral march” outside the European Council headquarters where EU leaders seek for a solution to the migrants crisis during an extraordinary summit in Brussels April 23, 2015. REUTERS/YVES HERMAN

(Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday that Europe should model its planned operations to tackle migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean from Libya on anti-piracy patrols in waters off Somalia, but that it would be too extreme to destroy the boats used.

European Union leaders agreed last month to “identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” but it is unclear how that may be achieved and the 28-nation bloc wants U.N. authorization for its operation.

European members of the U.N. Security Council – Britain, France, Lithuania and Spain – are drafting a resolution to authorize intervention on the high seas, in Libyan territorial waters and onshore in Libya to seize vessels.

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said of the bid to destroy the vessels: “We think it’s just going too far”…

The EU should not pay the slightest bit of attention to this. It’s just an attempt to weaken the West.