The international military campaign in Libya has created apparent divisions between coalition leaders carrying out the UN-sanctioned operation and other world powers.
The UN-backed air raids mounted so far against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have been carried out by Britain, France and the US, acting outside of their NATO roles.
Calls for the NATO alliance to take over the enforcement of the no-fly zone have been declined by Turkey, while other members have expressed concerns over whether NATO aircraft and equipment would be diverted from other missions, including the one in Afghanistan.
William Hague, the British foreign minister, refused on Monday to rule out using the coalition air raids to target Gaddafi, saying it depended on circumstances at the time.
But Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, said such action would be unwise and Laurent Teisseire, the French defence ministry spokesman, said the answer is no, when asked about the subject.
In Russia, Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, criticised the UN resolution that sanctioned the use of force in Libya, calling it a medieval call to crusade.
The resolution by the Security Council, of course, is defective and flawed, Russian news agencies quoted Putin as telling workers on a visit to a missile factory.
To me, it resembles some sort of medieval call to crusade when someone would appeal to someone to go to a certain place and free someone else.
The UN resolution imposing the no-fly zone on Libya was passed after Russia, which has a veto, abstained during the Security Council vote.