Russia's foreign minister has urged Libya's government representatives to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, as Moscow joins the efforts to help mediate the conflict.
Sergey Lavrov says that Gadhafi's representatives reiterated on Tuesday their willingness to consider a peace plan tabled by the African Union that called for an immediate cease-fire and dialogue between the government and the rebels. The rebels have rejected that plan.
The meeting follows a Monday visit to Moscow by U.N. special envoy for Libya.
Lavrov said that the Libyan rebels also had planned to come to Moscow for talks but canceled the trip for technical reasons.
Russia has voiced concern about civilian casualties and excessive use of force by NATO.