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Looking back at Washington, Baghdad wants to revive cooperation with Moscow

Posted by Kris Roman on April 12, 2009

 

RIA Novosti commentator Andrei Murtazin

The first official visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to Moscow is not likely to be easy but it may become a breakthrough. The goal of the visit is to discuss economic and military cooperation with the Russian leaders.

On April 10, he will meet President Dmitry Medvedev and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks on a broad range of issues. The Iraqi Government’s official spokesman Ali ad-Dabbag reported that during this visit the prime minister will be accompanied by foreign, defense, and electric power industry ministers, as well as a delegation of the national oil ministry.

After the talks, on April 11, al-Maliki will hold a RIA Novosti-organized news conference in the President Hotel.

The overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime in April 2003 set the beginning of Iraq’s new history and new relations with Russia. It is no secret that many Russian politicians and political scientists from the Old Guards, especially from the communist and liberal democratic parties, vigorously opposed the new Iraqi leaders, calling them George W. Bush’s puppets. As distinct from them, the Kremlin did not stick labels but expressed its desire to cooperate with the new Iraqi authorities. Receiving in the Kremlin head of the Temporary Governing Council of Iraq Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim in December 2003, President Vladimir Putin promised him to write off 80% of Iraq’s ten billion debt and carried out his promise.

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Iraq PM wants to attract Russian businesses

Posted by Kris Roman on April 10, 2009

 

Iraq is seeking to expand the presence of Russian companies on its market, the premier of the oil-rich country said at a meeting on Friday with his Russian counterpart.

“Russian companies possess rich experience in cooperation with Iraqi partners. They are already active [in Iraq], but we are interested in expanding their presence,” Nouri al-Maliki told Vladimir Putin.

The two premiers discussed bilateral trade, energy and security cooperation, as well as research contacts.

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Posted by Kris Roman on June 27, 2008

syria-iraq-iran-map-bgby Douglas Macgregor

In his famous work “The Peloponnesian Wars,” written more than 2,000 years ago, the classical Greek historian Thucydides argued that states go to war for one or all of three reasons. States fight against threats. States fight for profit. Or, states fight for honor.

All three reasons were used to justify the United States’ military intervention in Iraq. Of the three, however, only honor remained when it became obvious in the summer of 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction was limited to restarting Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs if and when sanctions were lifted. What no one in the United States or Iraq knew then was just what it would take to satisfy America’s honor.

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