New Libyan authorities will thank NATO during contracts distribution - Kosachyov

Russia will no longer be able to compete with the NATO countries on equal terms in the distribution of Libyan oil projects, said Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee.

"I am absolutely certain that the economic reasons - particularly those which concern energy resources - played a crucial role in forming the position of the Western countries and NATO on Libya," he said in an interview with the Russia Today television channel.

The future Libyan government, which gained support from the NATO members, "will now be very grateful to them, and in distributing contracts to rebuild the Libyan economy, will give priority to the NATO countries," he said.

"Neither China, nor Russia, nor South Africa or any other country, which did not participate in this 'humanitarian' operation, will be able to compete with the NATO countries on equal terms," he said.

[Source: Interfax, Moscow, 22Aug11]

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