UNITED NATIONS (Reute-rs/AFP) - A divided UN Security Council discussed on Monday the idea of authorising a no-fly zone over Libya, but no consensus emerged among its 15 members and Russia said it had questions about the proposal. France, which along with Britain has led calls for an enforced ban on military flights across the North African oil-producing state, said it hoped the Arab League decision to ask the council to impose a no-fly zone would persuade reluctant members to support it. "Now that there is this Arab League statement, we do hope that it's a game changer for the other members of the council," French UN Ambassador Gerard Araud said before the closed-door council meeting. After the inconclusive meeting finished, Araud said he was still hopeful of getting a no-fly zone resolution approved. "It's possible," he said. "There was no total refusal. There were concerns, questions, but I think we are moving forward." He said the council should act with greater urgency given the situation on the ground in Libya, where forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi have launched a fierce counter-offensive against rebels trying to oust him and end his 41-year rule. "We would prefer to act as quickly as possible, and we want that our partners on the council have the same sense of urgency that we have," he said. "That's the small regret that I have." Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that the council was not yet in a position to vote on a no-fly zone and a number of council members needed more information. "Fundamental questions need to be answered, not just what we need to do, but how it's going to be done," he said. "If there is a no-fly zone, who is going to implement (it) ... Without those details or answers to those questions, it's very hard to make a responsible decision." In addition to the United States, Germany and Russia, other sceptics on the no-fly zone issue include South Africa and Brazil, diplomats told Reuters. Meanwhile the Group of Eight powers gathered in Paris on Monday to thrash out a common line on possible intervention to ground the warplanes pounding Libya's rebels. The G8 ministers were also to discuss Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which have raised fears of a nuclear disaster after damage to a power plant, as well as economic concerns. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe vowed to step up efforts to get approval for the measure, which is backed by the 22-nation Arab League, considered crucial for dealing with the region.