May 27th, 2011
10:01 AM ET
DEAUVILLE, France - Russian President Dmitri Medvedev told President Obama privately on Thursday that he now believes Libyan dictator Gadhafi must go, according to a senior US official.
That is a big shift for Russia, which has been deeply skeptical of the UN-backed military action in Libya.
"Yes, we are ready to admit... he needs to go," Ryabkov said, according to AFP. "We believe that Colonel Gadhafi has forfeited legitimacy due to his actions... indeed we need to help him go."
The senior U.S. official held this development as a sign that international support for Gadhafi's ouster is growing, a key message Obama has pushed on his tour of Europe.