Russia may veto U.S.-British resolution
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Friday Russia is ready to veto the U.S.-British resolution authorizing military action against Iraq to preserve "international stability."
Ivanov added Russia opposed any U.N. Security Council resolution which would lead to a war to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and declined to rule out a Russian veto. "Russia does not support any resolution which could directly or indirectly open the way to an armed resolution of the Iraq problem," Ivanov told a news conference in Beijing. "Naturally, Russia has the right of veto. If the interest of international stability demands it, Russia, of course will exercise its right," he said.
But Russia would try to maintain unity on the Iraq issue in the U.N. Security Council, where it has a permanent seat, he said. (Albawaba.com)