posted on Apr, 12 2003 @ 10:25 PM
Moscow: U.S. Seeks Domination Not Liberation
Conference to Undermine U.S.?
April 10, 2003
By Toby Westerman
Copyright 2003 International News Analysis Today
Moscow's ire has erupted over reports that U.S. troops could be stationed in Iraq for the next two years, and that the U.N.'s role in post-war Iraq
would be subordinate to that of the United States.
"The U.S. seeks to dominate, not liberate Iraq," asserts Moscow. "The underlying reason for the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq [is] that country's
occupation, rather than the disarming of the Iraqi regime," declared Moscow.
Washington and London have declared that the U.N. will have a "vital role," but not controlling influence over a post-Saddam Iraq. In contrast, the
U.S. presence in Iraq should give way to U.N. rule, Moscow insists.
Moscow's remarks were carried by the Voice of Russia World Service, the official broadcasting service of the Russian government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet this Friday and Saturday with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroôder and French President Jacques Chirac in
St. Petersburg, Russia, to find a means of increasing U.N. influence in Iraq, while removing the U.S. from its leading role, according to a report
from the Internet version of the German news magazine, Der Spiegel.
Moscow, Berlin and Paris vehemently opposed America's war against the Saddam Hussein regime, and Russia was spectacularly unsuccessful in protecting
Saddam, a friend whose close relationship with Moscow extends back to the Soviet era.