WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama has told President Dmitry Medvedev that the United States is prepared to support Russian-led negotiations in Libya, the White House said.
But Obama also said the United States would only back the negotiations if they led to a democratic transition and longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stepped aside.
Medvedev has joined the West in urging Gadhafi to step down, and a Kremlin envoy has traveled to Libya.
Obama and Medvedev spoke Monday.
The two leaders also discussed Sudan, Afghanistan and Russia's pending accession to the World Trade Organization.