February 4, 1998 |
The Kremlin's embarrassing misstep--proclaiming a breakthrough in the Iraqi standoff, only to have Baghdad swiftly deny that any deal had been struck--may have punched new chinks in the armor of resolve girding Russian diplomats, but they continued scrambling Tuesday to head off another war in the Persian Gulf. Russian officials stood unconvincingly behind their Monday claims that, thanks to Russian diplomacy, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was ready to make concessions to the U.N.
February 3, 1998 |
Russia claimed credit Monday for a break in the international standoff with Iraq, asserting that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had agreed to a compromise that would let outsiders into some now-closed "presidential palaces" and possibly avert the growing threat of an American military strike to force Iraq's compliance with a disarmament program. But no sooner had the Kremlin publicized its diplomacy than American and United Nations officials called it insufficient and no real solution.
February 9, 1998 |
No one in the West thought it was a very good idea in the first place: a group of grandstanding nationalist lawmakers from Russia heading for Iraq with a planeload of medicine and with plans to portray Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as the victim in the current high-stakes standoff. So when the technicality of getting formal U.N. approval for the humanitarian flight from Moscow to Baghdad came up over the weekend, U.S. and British diplomats demanded that the mission wait until today, when the U.
January 31, 1998 |
In a rebuff to U.S. saber-rattling, Russia's top diplomat said Friday that the effort to resolve the confrontation with Iraq over its refusal to allow unfettered United Nations weapons inspections has only just begun, and he indicated that the United States is being too hasty in warning of imminent military action against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "We are a little more patient," Foreign Minister Yevgeny M.
January 23, 1998 |
Russia and China urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to certify that Iraq has halted its nuclear weapons program. But other council diplomats said such a move was unlikely as long as Iraq defies U.N. orders to open all sites to weapons inspectors. "There are still patterns of concealment, insufficient information provided by Iraq and generally a lack of cooperation," said Bill Richardson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. In Baghdad, meanwhile, U.N.
June 27, 1995 |
Iraq, Russia Sign Oil Deal: Iraq will let Russian oil companies develop its untapped oil fields when U.N. sanctions against Baghdad are lifted, the Middle East Economic Survey newsletter reported. Moscow and Baghdad have signed a deal that guarantees Russian companies the right to develop the West Qurna and North Rumaila oil fields in south Iraq that will produce a million barrels of oil a day when completed.