Russian oil concerns said Wednesday they hoped President Vladimir Putin would promote their case for fulfilling old Iraqi oil contracts during a meeting with US President George Bush. Putin is to travel to the United States in September.
Russian companies held many of the $10 billion in contracts under the oil-for-food program, which allowed Baghdad to sell oil to buy food and other goods under UN sanctions. The UN Security Council decided in May to end the program, and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is reviewing the contracts to decide whether they are still needed.
An Iraqi representative of the Russian oil trader Alfa Eco says the ultimate decision on who wins contracts lies in the hands of the United States and at the moment US companies are given preference, the Russia Journal reported.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities