September 24, 2000 |
Iraqi officials welcomed a Russian plane Saturday--the second aircraft to land in two days without U.N. clearance--as evidence that the United Nations' decade-old trade sanctions were collapsing despite U.S. and British objections. The Tupolev-154 carrying 5 tons of medical supplies and 143 passengers, most of them businessmen, landed in Baghdad after its crew informed the U.N. sanctions committee in New York of its destination but did not wait for authorization.
February 7, 2000 |
Tests confirm that a Russian tanker seized by the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf was carrying Iraqi oil in violation of a U.N. economic embargo, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said Sunday. The Volgoneft-147 was being taken to Muscat, the capital of Oman, and the Omani government will determine the fate of the merchant vessel and its crew, Cohen told reporters while flying back from Germany, where he attended a conference on European security.
February 4, 2000 |
Faced with a sharp increase in smuggling of Iraqi oil in defiance of a U.N. embargo, the U.S. Navy seized a Russian-flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf and ordered it to port, where chemical tests can be made to determine the origin of its cargo, the Clinton administration said Thursday. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested the seizure and demanded immediate release of the ship and its crew. Moscow said the cargo was from Iran, not Iraq. However, U.S.
November 20, 1999 |
The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved a stopgap extension of its humanitarian program for Iraq for two weeks, during which it will try to break months of deadlock over a new comprehensive policy on Iraq. While Britain and the United States said there was now momentum to reach an agreement perhaps within two weeks, Russia and China stressed that major differences remained and insisted that there could be no artificial deadline.
January 16, 1999 |
Russia on Friday proposed dismantling the U.N. weapons inspection program in Iraq and replacing it with a less aggressive organization under the tight control of the Security Council. The United States quickly rejected the plan. "Eventually, down the road, there is a need for a [new] monitoring system. But in the short term and the medium term, we reject the proposal," said Peter Burleigh, the U.S. representative to the U.N.
March 9, 1998 |
The Iraqi government criticized the United States for opposing the appointment of a Russian as deputy chief of U.N. weapons inspectors, saying this proved that the Americans wanted to dominate inspection operations. The statement on the official Iraqi News Agency came as United Nations officials said Scott Ritter, an American once blocked from working by Iraq, has led an inspection team on visits to six sites the Iraqis consider "sensitive."