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Putin: War Against Iraq Would Be a Mistake Imperiling World Security
Tampa Bay Online ^ | 3/17/03

Posted on 03/17/2003 7:05:15 AM PST by areafiftyone

MOSCOW (AP) - Ending weeks of silence, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned military action against Iraq, saying Monday that war would be a mistake that could imperil world security.

His comments came as Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov, Russia's diplomatic point man on Iraq, said the U.N. Security Council would not approve a U.S.-backed resolution opening the way to military conflict.

Putin's earlier silence appeared to be an attempt to avoid opposing Washington even as the Russian Foreign Ministry battered home the message that Russia would join France in opposing any U.N. resolution that automatically authorized force.

"We are for solving the problem exclusively by peaceful means," Putin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. He said Russia's position was clear, comprehensible and unwavering.

"Any other development would be a mistake - fraught with the toughest consequences, leading to victims and destabilization of the international situation as a whole," Putin told Chechen spiritual leaders, according to Interfax.

U.S. officials have said Russia's relations with the United States could be damaged by Russian opposition to a U.N. resolution.

But Fedotov said "no additional resolutions are necessary."

"As before, this draft has no chances for passage by the Security Council," he was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Fedotov indicated that Russia supports France's call for a ministerial meeting at the U.N. Security Council to discuss the latest report by chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

After an emergency summit Sunday in the Azores with allies Britain, Spain and Portugal, President Bush made it clear that diplomatic efforts would end by Monday night.

The U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Vershbow, told Russian lawmakers that the United States would inform Russia when it felt all diplomatic avenues had been exhausted, a U.S. Embassy official said. A senior military diplomat in Moscow, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. Central Command had invited Moscow to send a liaison officer to deal with "consequence management" - postwar issues such as humanitarian aid - but that Russia had declined.

Russian diplomats contend that even to discuss postwar issues is to acknowledge the inevitability of war.

As Bush prepared for war, Putin attempted to portray himself as a man of peace. In a TV address, he urged voters in Chechnya, where Russia is battling separatists, to approve a new constitution he said would help end bloodshed there.

Worked at the Russian Embassy in Baghdad continued as usual. But the Foreign Ministry called on Russians to leave Iraq and not to travel there.

However, a group of Russian Islamic and Orthodox Christian clergymen left Monday for Iraq, Interfax reported. It quoted Iraq's ambassador to Moscow, Abbas Khalaf, as saying the delegation would meet with Iraqi officials and participate in prayers for peace.

The chief of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexy II, called on the world's governments to do everything possible to avoid a war launched "without taking into account the opinion of the world community," Interfax reported.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nonallyrussia

1 posted on 03/17/2003 7:05:15 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
Putin attempted to portray himself as a man of peace

yeah, right

2 posted on 03/17/2003 7:10:23 AM PST by ReaganRevolution
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To: areafiftyone
"Putin condemned military action against Iraq, saying Monday that war would be a mistake that could imperil world security."


He should know. Their evil scientists are there.
3 posted on 03/17/2003 7:13:10 AM PST by Bulldogs22
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To: areafiftyone
Putin: War Against Iraq Would Be a Mistake Imperiling World Security

I guess that little opera house thing in Russia last year made him feel secure in the world.

4 posted on 03/17/2003 7:13:13 AM PST by w1andsodidwe (I thank God every day that W is our President.)
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To: w1andsodidwe
LOL Too Funny Putin clean your own house first
5 posted on 03/17/2003 7:14:17 AM PST by scooby321
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To: areafiftyone
POOOOOOOOOOOTIN. Man of Peace.
6 posted on 03/17/2003 7:15:50 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (RW&B)
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Putin attempted to portray himself as a man of peace

Uh-huh...Mr. former KGB himself?

7 posted on 03/17/2003 7:17:22 AM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: areafiftyone
Well Mr. Putin, demonstrate your rhetoric by solving your Chechnya problem with "peace".

I dare you, you POS.
8 posted on 03/17/2003 7:19:31 AM PST by DB ()
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To: areafiftyone
European.

EuroPutin.

Ur-a-peein.

Ur-a-pootin.

Just stay out of the way, you One-World snapperhead look-alike, and you won't get hurt.

Hat-Trick

9 posted on 03/17/2003 7:21:56 AM PST by Hat-Trick (He shoots............HE SCOOOOOOORREEEESSSSSSS)
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To: Hat-Trick
Putin, go and deal with the threat of organized crime running your country and you. That'll keep you busy for a while and out of intn'l politics.
10 posted on 03/17/2003 7:25:38 AM PST by observer5
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To: areafiftyone
Sure Vlad, we'll be glad to solve it peacefully, just like you've solved your problem with Chechnya.
11 posted on 03/17/2003 7:26:50 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: areafiftyone
Oh well - you go the way of your friends and Putin chose Germany and France over us. Stick with losers - lose with losers. Sayluvee (Ces la vie for you French purists...)
12 posted on 03/17/2003 7:28:52 AM PST by trebb
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To: trebb
Don't sweat, Poot. Russia will get paid its $6 billion after we tidy things up a bit.
13 posted on 03/17/2003 7:31:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: areafiftyone
Safe to crawl out from under the covers of France to speak.

France has much to loose if Saddam goes down, however,
Russia/Putin has the most to loose.

Their deal with Clintons is about to blow up in their face and they are not going to be happy campers.
14 posted on 03/17/2003 7:35:48 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: areafiftyone
"Any other development would be a mistake - fraught with the toughest consequences, leading to victims and destabilization of the international situation as a whole," Putin told Chechen spiritual leaders, according to Interfax.
18 posted on 03/17/2003 9:10:27 AM PST by butter pecan fan
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To: areafiftyone
"without taking into account the opinion of the world community,"

It is not about opinion. It is about truth, and having the opportunity to find what Saddam was up to is much more important than war itself, even if it means war.

19 posted on 03/17/2003 10:10:02 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: areafiftyone
"Putin attempted to portray himself as a man of peace"

Peace to him is "absence of opposition to communism", the communsit definition of "peace".

The UN was designed by communists, for communists, as a tool for one world government controled by them. Nothing has changed!

Get the US out of the UN NOW and the UN out of the US!
20 posted on 03/17/2003 10:15:20 AM PST by dalereed
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To: areafiftyone
France, Germany, and Russia all learned from Clinton... when they say "the nation" or "the world", they really mean themselves. HIS security will be threatened by the war to liberate Iraq, since their Iraqi-blood-for-Iraqi-oil deals will become apparent to everyone.
21 posted on 03/17/2003 10:32:35 AM PST by Teacher317
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To: areafiftyone
The ME is solidly locked into a continuous state of war and revolution. Destabilizing that situation might be the best chance to bring regional stability.
22 posted on 03/17/2003 10:37:39 AM PST by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts: Proofs establish links)
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To: areafiftyone; Allan; Mitchell; Badabing Badaboom
Something tells me Putin is going to take over from Powell as the designated "good cop" for the next phase of this operation.
23 posted on 03/17/2003 10:40:18 AM PST by The Great Satan (Revenge, Terror and Extortion: A Guide for the Perplexed)
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To: The Great Satan
I think you're right on that count.
24 posted on 03/18/2003 6:55:31 AM PST by hchutch ("Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up" - Ice-T, "I'm Your Pusher")
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