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If you're not reading the Moscow Times every day then you're probably missing stories like this one:
SOCHI, Southern Russia -- The leaders of Russia, France and Germany pledged Tuesday to work toward bringing stability to Iraq, but they gave no concrete details about what steps they would take.
The three-way summit at President Vladimir Putin's residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi brought together the leaders for the third time since they united in strong opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Putin, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac have since toned down their criticism, but each made clear their concern Tuesday about the troubled security situation in Iraq.
"We have an interest in contributing everything possible to lead to stabilizing the situation," Putin said, without elaborating, at a news conference.
Or this one
Russian arms companies can sell weapons to the new Iraqi government, according to a decree by President Vladimir Putin published on the Kremlin's web site Monday.
While the move is a formality that brings Russia into line with a United Nations resolution from June, analysts said, it could signal that an arms deal with Iraq is now under discussion.
Courtesy of the Kremlin - the kibosh on crappy Kalashnikovs for the kids in Karballah.
Can't wait to see what the French and German contributions to stability in Iraq will be.
Interesting... The CNN piece about the Hostage problem this morning had Putin returning early from 'Vacation'... not a political summit in favor of helping the Iraqis.
Posted by jimmy at September 1, 2004 05:29 PM
Why does a country, like Iraq, practically awash in weapons need even more ? Spare parts I guess LOL.Posted by J_Crater at September 1, 2004 05:33 PM
The french could help with peaceful nuclear technology and the germans have a lot to contribute in the field of pesticidesPosted by konshtok at September 1, 2004 05:49 PM
the iraqi govt clearly needs weapons. imagine how hard things would be in the US if the Idaho militias of the 90s had more military technology than the fbi? lol.Posted by jason at September 1, 2004 06:52 PM
Putin and Chirac have just been thanked for their appeasement. Schroeder next?Posted by apaulled at September 1, 2004 07:34 PM
"no concrete details" - they stole Kerry's plan!Posted by brogie at September 1, 2004 09:41 PM
These "allies" are all heart, I mean they are all out for a buck. Suddenly they will support the Iraqi government but not put their military via Nato in to help train the IP or ING.Posted by Pat in NC at September 2, 2004 01:05 AM
'"We have an interest in contributing everything possible to lead to stabilizing the situation," Putin said, without elaborating, at a news conference.'
"...The Europeans have a fundamental interest in not having a failed Iraq on their doorstep. The Arab states have a fundamental interest in not having a failed Iraq as their neighbor. And notwithstanding that fundamental interest, the president has barely brought them sufficiently to the table."
Posted by moptop at September 2, 2004 01:49 AM
Kerry wants to play poker, and the Europeans are wondering how much money he has on him.
That's the same sort of vacation Bush was taking in Fahrenheit 9/11.
The MSM are useless.Posted by Tony at September 2, 2004 12:12 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(9) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)