The State Duma committee on international affairs is to discuss thesituation around Iraq at its meeting on September 26, Ivan Shabanov, deputychairman of the committee, declared at a plenary session of the lower houseof the Russian parliament today. According to him, the meeting will be heldbehind closed doors. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Defense MinisterSergey Ivanov, representatives of the Federal Intelligence Service havebeen invited to the meeting to report on the situation and, based on thisinformation, the State Duma will define its position on this question. Thatis why, Shabanov proposed not to consider the draft statement of the StateDuma concerning the actions of the United States against Iraq today..
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969