Russia Opposes US Attacks Against Iraq
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov declared that Russia rejects U.S plans aimed at launching aggression against Iraq.
This statement was made by the Foreign Minister following his meeting with Afghan Interim leader Hamid Karzai in Moscow on Tuesday.
The official Iraqi New Agency reported Wednesday that Ivanov warned of any military action against Baghdad. He pointed out that such action would do nothing but complicate the situation in Iraq and throughout the region.
In addition, according to the report, Ivanov affirmed that Russia’s stance was to seek a diplomatic solution on the basis of the United Nations resolutions towards Iraq. He added that Russia’s stand was firm and Moscow had not held any secret consultations with the US in this regard.
In press statements transmitted by Russian media reports, Ivanov said that Russia welcomed dialogue between Iraq and the United Nations and hoped that this dialogue would continue. Iraq's implementation of the Security Council resolutions should lead to lifting the embargo, he said, according to the News Agency.
In his concluding statements, Ivanov urged other countries to join Russia in finding a peaceful solution for this issue and added that such a solution was the only way to approach it. (Albawaba.com)
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