Contracts signed by Russian companies with Saddam Hussein's regime are to be frozen, according to a senior US diplomat. The diplomat was speaking yesterday at a press conference in St. Petersburg. He said that this means they will neither be implemented nor cancelled.
The diplomat referred to President Bush's statement that the US does not intend to force Russian companies out of Iraq or harm their interests. 'A large number of Russian contracts under the Oil for Food programme will be implemented,' he said. The diplomat also said that Russia would be able to take part in tenders for commercial contracts to rebuild Iraq. He stressed that many questions will not be answered until a new Iraqi government has been formed, as the new government will be responsible for decision making, including with regard to the oil sector.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part