AFP - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Russian peacekeepers were needed in Iraq, as he arrived in Moscow Saturday for a two-day visit, the Interfax news agency reported.
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"We need Russian peacekeepers," Interfax quoted Zebari as saying, shortly after he landed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. Russia opposed the US-led war in Iraq last year and has no troops there.
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Zebari is due to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss "the normalization process in Iraq, prospects for progress in the political process, and issues of bilateral relations," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement Friday.
Russia has been particularly keen to reclaim its Soviet-era oil interests in Iraq.
I told ya, the French, Germans, and Russians will be making money from Iraq long before we will. Well, except for Halliburton, but their days are numbered as well, now that the Iraqis have 'sovereignty'. Unlike the U.S. they know the land and the people and there are prior economic relaitonships, lying dormant now, but which will bloom again when we pull out. I wonder how loudly Bush & Co will yell when Halliburton's contracts are voided and given to Russian concerns. I'll giggle my motherfucking ass off.