Skip to comments.Russia: Putin Calls For Withdrawal Timetable For Iraq
Posted on 08/19/2005 4:09:22 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
President Vladimir Putin (file photo) (CTK) Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday for a timetable for pulling foreign troops out of Iraq. The Russian leader said many Iraqis view the foreign troops as "occupiers" and suggested the withdrawal will encourage insurgents to abandon violence in favor of contributing to the creation of the state. The United States was quick to reject his call, saying it is still too early for a pullout.
Moscow, 19 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Speaking to reporters in the Black Sea resort of Sochi after a meeting with Jordans King Abdullah, Putin first reiterated his call for an international conference on Iraq.
Putin disapproves of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and insists such a conference might help bring peace to the strife-torn country.
Then the Russian president went one step further. He said it is imperative to draw up a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq.
We deem it necessary to work out a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq," Putin said. "Many Iraqis, we know this well, still consider these forces to be occupiers."
Encouraging Iraqi insurgents to take part in their countrys political process, he added, is another argument in favor of a swift pullout.
Resolving this task will enable a significant part of the armed Iraqi resistance to be brought into the process of creating a state," Putin said.
President George W. Bush has consistently rebuffed international calls to set a schedule for withdrawing the 138,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. Putin's plea was no exception.
A few hours after the Russian president's statement, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told a news briefing in Washington that Iraq was not yet ready for a withdrawal of foreign troops.
"I think [U.S.] President [George W.] Bush has spoken very clearly on our views on the issue of security assistance to the Iraqis," McCormack said. "As Iraqis stand up [increase] their capabilities, we and the multinational forces will be able to stand down [withdraw]."
McCormack also suggested the United States had little intention to hold an international conference on Iraq by the end of the year, as Putin proposed.
"We did, recently, have an international conference that was organized in Brussels, which had great attendance from around the world, from around the region, from Europe -- there was a delegation from Russia there, I believe, as well -- in which countries came together to express support for Iraq," McCormack said.
Putin has openly opposed the Iraq war. But this is the first time he has made such a clear-cut statement on the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq.
Putins statement comes just days after Russia carried out military exercises in the Barents Sea during which new intercontinental ballistic missiles were tested.
Yevgenii Volk, a political analyst and the director of Moscow's Heritage Foundation think thank, said both events indicate Putin might be trying to gain more influence in world affairs by flexing his country's military muscle.
It is significant that the declaration was made directly after the Northern Fleets military exercises where, whatever people might say, scenarios of an atomic war with the U.S. were developed," Volk said. "This [declaration] is clearly a display of strength, and Putin is showing that Russias military power must and can translate into the strengthening of its political influence, no matter where the area of conflict is located.
Russia and China also launched unprecedented joint military exercises yesterday amid U.S. concerns that the two giants might form a military alliance.
Putin, whose government cannot even rescue its own sub sailors, should just STFU. Timetable? Pound sand.
Russia....the worst occupier in recorded human history.
Russian withdrawl timetable from Chechnya? Georgia? Hello?
We need to get ahead of this movement, politically.
The Bush and Blair and Howard Administrations need to demand that the UN pass an official resolution stating that the UN will move into Iraq, with force, if the current Iraqi government faces any immiment stability crisis within the first 5 years of the U.S. led forces withdrawing from Iraq.
After all, our entire reason for staying there is for regional stability. If Russia, China, Germany, and France want the U.S. out of Iraq, then they need to be willing to help insure regional stability if we leave per their wishes.
And if they won't agree to step in to save the current Iraqi government, then we can use their reluctance to hammer them for why we are staying.
We're all just anti-Russian... right?
As if Pooty were representative of all that is good in the world.
Wow, a murdering former KGB agent and the DNC saying the same thing. Who's surprised?
Yeah. Let's see, how about when the oil is gone. Until then, Mr. Putin, you STFU.
Politically, yes. Realistically, no. The UN would go back to their old ways and rob Iraq blind...
Since when is someone that didn't want us in Iraq because they could get rich off Iraqi blood while Saddam was in charge, and has no troops in Iraq, the right to call for withdrawal from Iraq?
He has NO pull here so I can only assume he wants to pay back the President for critisizing his consolidation of power in Russia and the events of the Ukraine. Too bad the President doesn't give a damn.
Nice to see Putin sticking up for the terrorists and former arms of saddam that miss their cosy living quarters though. Says all we need to know.
Hey, Vlad, thanks for all the help you've given us in Iraq! (sarcasm, in case anybody's wondering)
For a Jew-hating KGB agent he sure has a lot of chutzpah!
Nobody by that name.
Russia has oil right? They did exercises with China right?
Now Putin of all people (with his missing missles and materials-sarcasm off), is the mouthpiece? And Jordan?
Well, I say the land the so-called Palestinians should be taking is in Jordan. Russia is the lowest of all occupiers.
Excellent. You should be at the U.N.
We'll get right on it, Vlad.
"Hey Pooty...My timetable to withdraw begins when you kiss my American devil ass in Red square!!! YEEEEEHAW!!!"
uhhhh... not me?
Sorry I agree with Putin. He should pull all his troops out of Iraq....oh thats right THERE AREN'T ANY!
Soul...you speak pure truth. We always knew he was a scumbag.
No way. The U.S. couldn't possibly extend that consideration to the United Nations.
If the Bush administration were to put this kind of responsibility in the hands of the United Nations, then it would utterly vindicate the cynicism of a lot of us who never believed the war had anything to do with defending the U.S. in the first place.
Did the Ruskies give us a timetable when they would withdraw from the occupied countries?????
Must be the Post of the Day.
When you are standing on your deck and you can see mushroom clouds raising from what used to be Iran, we will be done with Iraq.
The UN is corrupt, and it should know how to deal with corrupt people.
Exactly...he confused the dollars from oil-for-food with soldiers.
Will you please run on the Republican ticket for prez please?
Putin withdrew his Spetnax on the eve of our invasion.
After they helped Saddam "clean up" some of his old Russian purchased "equipment".
Make that Spetznaz and it is closer to the correct spelling ;)
"Then the Russian president went one step further. He said it is imperative to draw up a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq."
Does this not have the sound of the Soviets and Vietnam peace talks?
Wonder what plans Putin has for Iraq once we leave.
Putin is rootin' for IRAN!!! A little NUKE action with is muzzie friends...
sTfU Pooty Poot!
LOL.....Ok, but in real life, I am NOT a nice guy. LOL
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It does bing up the point that Putin (along with other enemies in the world) would not feel half so cocky as he does without the continual attacks of the Democrats. We must at this point really at least consider that the Democrat obstructionism goes beyond narrow and thoughtless political gain for their party. It is beginning to openly verge on treason.
These utterances when placed along side the recent war games with China, the SCO nonsense in the CIS and China's offer of military assistance to Iran, bodes ill.
What is up?
Looks like Putin is having too much Vodka these days.
Vlad, ole boy, about the same time that Russia withdraws from Chechnya. I hope we stay in Iraq for as long as we've stayed in Germany and Japan. It's now time to ramp up to 1991 levels and change regimes in Iran and Syria.
LOL! Put it in a song Vlad.
Putin said. "Many Iraqis, we know this well, still consider these forces to be occupiers."
Before the usual suspects come to tell us that Putin is our friend, just let me say the man is, as always, a class "A" sonuvab*tch.
The statement above is out of line, uninformed, and complete bullsh*t. Eff Putin and the sickle he rode in on.
sorry pooty, but a timetable is *exactly* the wrong way to go about it. it would actually be the easy way out for us, because the insurgents would hold off a bit on attacking us, then try to take over. what makes more sense is for the US presence to slowly disappear as the Iraqi forces grow stronger, but the insurgents never actually know if we are still there or not...
Putan should mind his own business.
HMMMM---Putin wants the troops out of Iraq...
I guess he has forgotten Beslan!
Putin should help out in Iraq and encourage "unwilling" countries to help the US finish off the insurgency in Iraq, so we can all get the hell out of there.
Likewise, if the Democrats want US troops out of Iraq soon then they had better support the President and the fragile democracy in Iraq.
Sounds like an excellent approach to me.
Putin couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag without the U.S. there to help, so stuff it, as we American's say....
"Russia....the worst occupier in recorded human history."
you got that right - greatpost