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Russian's Accused Over Iraqi Oil (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 17 2005 @ 07:46 AM
A US senat comitee has accused Russia of accepting millions of dollars worth of oil from Saddam's regime in the hope that Russia would lobby an end to UN sanctions against the old Iraq. Much of the information given to the comitee was from former Iraqi officials.
About 30% of the oil Iraq sold via the UN-administered oil-for-food programme was allotted to Russia, it said.

Last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said it had evidence that former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua and British MP George Galloway had received oil allocations, charges vigorously denied by both men.

Other revelations have come from the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), set up by the US to search for weapons of mass destruction. All three have pointed to massive smuggling of oil outside the oil-for-food programme, which the ISG estimated earned Iraq $8bn.

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There wouldnt really be much i could say on this matter if it wasnt for the fact that the US ignored this smuggling of oil from the very beginning.

From BBC News
The report says the US was well aware of both the smuggling and the kickbacks Iraq solicited from players in the UN's oil-for-food programme.

Why are the US kicking up a fuss about this now if they know that they have ignored it for years???

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