Iraqi official newspapers charged Tuesday, June 5, that Saudi and Kuwaiti offers to compensate for Baghdad's suspension of oil exports were aimed at supporting US and British plans to impose "smart" sanctions.
"The governors of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, due to their allegiance to the United States, are trying to prepare the ground for the implementation of 'stupid' sanctions," said Al-Qadissiya.
"Since all the US-British fuss over these stupid sanctions, the governors of Riyadh and Kuwait have kept on repeating their readiness to compensate for losses to Iraq's neighbors by the halt to Iraqi crude exports," it said.
Al-Iraq, another daily, said the offers were "dictated by the United States in an effort to foil any Iraqi decision".
The absence of Iraqi crude from the world market "can not be compensated by Saudi Arabia or any other oil producer", it said, forecasting a "crisis" on the oil market.
Iraq on Monday halted for at least one month more than two million barrels per day of exports under a UN oil-for-food program in protest at British-US plans to impose a new system of sanctions. Baghdad has been under embargo since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. ― (AFP, Baghdad)
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