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'US had right to kill bin Laden'

Russia believes the US had the right under international law to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

world Updated: May 12, 2011 07:39 IST

Russia believes the US had the right under international law to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Bin Laden was shot dead by US special forces during a raid on his home in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad May 2.

"Our position is very simple. After Sept 11, 2001 the UN Security Council adopted a resolution recognising the US' right to self-defence," Lavrov said in an interview with the Moskovskie Novosti daily to be published on Thursday.

"The right to self-defence is not subject to any restrictions."

However, the US should provide more details about the raid, Lavrov stated.

"I understand that the US side is ready to offer a detailed explanation," he said.

Lavrov also stressed that terror must be fought within the bounds of international law, saying that politicians who issue criminal orders "must be prosecuted".

"This is what the International Criminal Court is for," he said.