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Putin Wants U.N. to Take Lead in Iraq
guardian ^ | July 6, 2005 | JUDITH INGRAM

Posted on 07/06/2005 1:27:57 PM PDT by phoenix_004

British Prime Minister Tony Blair may want to change the subject from the divisive issue of Iraq, but U.S. President George W. Bush and other G-8 leaders can't seem to get enough.

Sir Michael Jay, Britain's chief G-8 negotiator, said Monday that he expected Iraq to be discussed as well as North Korea, because the leaders ``are going to talk about what is on their mind.''

Philip Gordon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, told a briefing last week that Blair's Africa and environment agenda was ``a chance for him to change the subject because the subject in Britain in particular has been his unpopularity and Iraq and his closeness with George W. Bush.''

Blair's popularity has been badly dented because he stood with Bush on the Iraq war.

During a press conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, en route to Gleneagles for the summit, Bush strongly defended his decision to go in to Iraq, and thanked Denmark for contributing more than 500 troops to the coalition.

White House officials have made it clear Bush intends to give his G-8 partners an accounting of the course of stabilization.

G-8 members Russia, France and Germany sharply opposed the invasion of Iraq.

A Kremlin official said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would push the Group of Eight to work toward giving the United Nations a leading role in Iraq, as well as setting a possible timeframe for U.S.-led forces to leave Iraq.

Despite its opposition to the war, Russia has backed stabilization efforts, repeatedly expressed concern over the continuing violence. Moscow also appears intent on playing a greater role in Iraq, sending its ambassador in Baghdad to a meeting last month with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in what Russian officials portrayed as an attempt to widen Russia's dialogue with various political forces. Analysts cast it as a Kremlin attempt to carve out an independent niche.

Tuesday, a Russian- and Chinese-led security grouping, the Shanghai Organization, for the United States and its coalition allies in Afghanistan to set a date for withdrawing from several states in Central Asia, reflecting growing unease at America's military presence in the region.

The Kremlin official, who declined to be identified in accordance with Kremlin press rules, also said the G-8 should work to make the political process in Iraq more inclusive, in line with the recommendations of last month's Brussels meeting on Iraq hosted by the European Union and the United States. Delegates there expressed support for the Iraqi government's efforts toward democratization amid friction between the Shiite Muslim majority and the once politically dominant Sunni Muslim minority.

A senior German government official said his delegation was prepared to discuss Germany's role in police training and ``capacity-building'' - rebuilding Iraq's ministries.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: putin; un

1 posted on 07/06/2005 1:27:59 PM PDT by phoenix_004
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To: phoenix_004

Putin wants UN to take lead in Iraq.

Of course he does. He wants that money train to start rolling his way again.


2 posted on 07/06/2005 1:29:12 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

You read my mind before my fingers could type it out!


3 posted on 07/06/2005 1:29:58 PM PDT by thingumbob (Now showing........W 2 ..........for 4 more years)
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To: phoenix_004

Seems like a very tough decision. Nail the final nail in the UN's coffin, or win the war in Iraq?

I would go for the latter, but it is a tough decision.


4 posted on 07/06/2005 1:30:26 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: thingumbob
It is hard to decide which, Putin or Chirac, is more frustrated today. Let's keep up the good work and put both of them on suicide watch.
5 posted on 07/06/2005 1:32:09 PM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Brilliant


Why can't we have both at the same time???


6 posted on 07/06/2005 1:32:43 PM PDT by phoenix_004
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To: phoenix_004
A Kremlin official said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would push the Group of Eight to work toward giving the United Nations a leading role in Iraq,

The best way we can condemn the people of Iraq to perpetual morass is to hand them over to the UN. The Insurgents terrorists will be ensured victory in their efforts to make it another Islamic terrorist republic.


7 posted on 07/06/2005 1:33:30 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: phoenix_004

Shouldn't Putin be looking for a way to nab a Boston Red Sox World Series ring instead of meddling in international politics?


8 posted on 07/06/2005 1:33:37 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: phoenix_004

9 posted on 07/06/2005 1:36:14 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Time is a wonderful teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its pupils. --Hector Berlioz)
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To: ARCADIA
They deserve each other and they occupy then same side of the fence.......let them eat cake!

I'm always amazed at how these two stooges manage to shoot themselves in the foot in a very public way........

10 posted on 07/06/2005 1:39:34 PM PDT by thingumbob (Now showing........W 2 ..........for 4 more years)
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To: phoenix_004
These guys? --


11 posted on 07/06/2005 1:43:10 PM PDT by My2Cents ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: phoenix_004

The UN couldn't wait to get out of there the moment their headquarters took a hit. How long does Putin think they would stay this time?


12 posted on 07/06/2005 1:46:48 PM PDT by sydbas
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To: darkwing104

Sure, we'll turn Iraq over the the UN just as soon as the UN gets Bosnia, Kosovo, and Sudan all squared away. Oh, and as soon as all the rebuilding is done in the countries hit by the tsunami.

Don't hold your breathe, Vlad.


13 posted on 07/06/2005 1:51:20 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: sydbas

Do you think Putin cares -- he wants the US out of Iraq and my question would be why? I never trusted him and never will. His eyes give me the creeps -- they are like cold as ice.


14 posted on 07/06/2005 2:03:38 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- J.C. for OK Governor in '06; Allen/Watts in 2008)
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To: phoenix_004

Putrid is an ignorant, insane and powermad with short man syndrome.


15 posted on 07/06/2005 2:23:24 PM PDT by JustAnotherOkie
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To: Peach

...Putin wants UN to take lead in Iraq.

Of course he does. He wants that money train to start rolling his way again....

EXACTLY. Mrs Putin wants a villa in Switzerland and the IRAQ war has stopped her gravy train. lol


16 posted on 07/06/2005 2:32:37 PM PDT by Jazzman1
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To: phoenix_004

Doesn't he realize that Halliburton is running this war?


17 posted on 07/06/2005 2:38:34 PM PDT by USISRIGHT
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To: phoenix_004
And how much blood and treasure will Russia contribute?
18 posted on 07/06/2005 2:38:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: phoenix_004

Too many of our lads have died for the UN to be allowed to go in and make it a total mess.

Regards, Ivan


19 posted on 07/06/2005 2:39:40 PM PDT by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: phoenix_004
Blair's popularity has been badly dented because he stood with Bush on the Iraq war.

Right there the agenda is exposed.
What contribution did that staement have to the topic at hand?

Isn't this the same guy that they said was history because of his support of America?

Putin wants UN to take lead in Iraq

Sure, any rational person in the entire world can see the sense in that statement.

With what, and to do what?
Yep, I'm waiting for those 150,000 strong armored UN divisions to deploy any day now.

20 posted on 07/06/2005 2:39:49 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Peach; All; jb6; lizol; Lukasz; GarySpFc; blackie

thank you"Peach"translation all
"Be very careful. Putin is a man of cunning and deceit, full of hatred and game player. His movements are well known to those who can see but blind are those whom they seek what he is thinking. Wakeup before it’s too late. He is positions points on chess board for check mate; can you see what's going on; are you to blind to see it America; are you too foolish to think he is on your side? Not Russian people but Kremlin is playing a game with you so are others; enemy within enemy is around you; will you see it?"thank you all be good persons


21 posted on 07/06/2005 2:55:17 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (Benedictus Deus. Benedictum Nomen Sanctum eius.)
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To: anonymoussierra

Hi, anonymoussierra. You're right about Putin.


22 posted on 07/06/2005 3:26:02 PM PDT by Peach
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To: phoenix_004

Now that progress is being made in Iraq, Putin wants the credit to ultimately go to the UN ( and indirectly to himself because he suggested it).


23 posted on 07/06/2005 5:19:25 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: phoenix_004

Oh, great plan. Those would be the same UN boys that Kofi was bleating for U.S. troops to save in Haiti because they're getting shot at there. What does Putin expect to happen to them in Iraq?


24 posted on 07/06/2005 5:29:05 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: phoenix_004
Putin Wants U.N. to Take Lead in Iraq

Like how they did with the Oil For Food scandal ??

No thanks

25 posted on 07/06/2005 11:47:40 PM PDT by Mo1 (We will stay in the fight until the fight is won ~~~ President G.W. Bush)
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To: phoenix_004; DTogo

Yeal well Putin and the UN can go **** themselves.


26 posted on 07/06/2005 11:48:32 PM PDT by Paul_Denton (Get the U.N. out of the U.S. and U.S. out of the U.N.!)
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To: anonymoussierra
Roger that, Sara ~ Putin should shut up!


27 posted on 07/07/2005 10:09:12 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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