The Russian members of parliament in Iraq
Echoes of February parliamentary hearings in Moscow about economic consequences of sanctions against Iraq, Libya and Yugoslavia have responded yesterday and in Bagdad. With a position the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia across Iraq members of delegation of the Russian parliament being now in the Iraq capital led by the general in resignation by Vladislav Achalovym have personally shared the disagreement with a management of this country.
Though in a press - service of parliament of Russia to make comments on the purpose, the fact and an order of financing of a trip of delegation from three persons have refused, Achalov does not hide the mission purpose. In Iraq delegates already were in time “ to study consequences of bombardments “ which Achalov named “ not war, and a genocide “. At a yesterday`s meeting with the speaker of Iraq parliament Saadi Mehdi Salehom (Saadi Mehdi Saleh), and also Andrey Kozyreva`s colleague - Minister for Foreign Affairs Tarikom Aziz (Tareq Aziz), the space pilot of the USSR Andrian Nikolays has noticed that “ believes that the international public opinion will soon be softened in relation to Iraq “. And Vladislav Achalov has declared that “ Russian people and the people of the former USSR will not betray Iraq as it has made a management of Russia “. The general also has informed the Iraq companions that the group of members of parliament prepares inquiry in parliament about audit of a present position the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
and arguments in this respect at members of parliament are already developed. At February hearings the data about direct losses of Russia from participation in sanctions - nearby 2,5 mlrd roubles, in particular, was cited; and the promised loans in an exchange from a number of the Arabian countries in $2 mlrd for the present have not arrived. Iraq was the priority trading partner of Russia. In particular, it delivered Russia oil which that re-exported, basically, to India. For 1993 export of technical assistance to Bagdad on $49,74 million to which is interfered now by United Nations sanctions has been planned. In turn, according to GRU Russia, a number of the western firms has already signed contracts with Iraq and when sanctions will cancel, the Russian businessmen remain out of work. Using such arguments and neglecting possible deterioration of relations with the West, the Russian parliament, probably, also will undertake the next approach to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “ tactical operations “ in which frameworks are fulfilled now in Bagdad.
SVETLANA - SUHOVA, NATALIA - KALASHNIKOV