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..
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons