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russian33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-24-04 12:22 PM
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10. To put his statement in perspective, here's some info on Primakov
Edited on Thu Jun-24-04 12:32 PM by russian33
Yevgeny Maksimovich Primakov (born October 29, 1929) is a former prime minister of Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, he was an important official in the KGB. After the formation of the Russian Federation, he became a close associate of President Boris Yeltsin and during the late 1990s was one of the highest-ranking members of the government, serving as foreign minister from 1996 until 1998 and as prime minister from 1998 until he was fired in May 1999. In March 2003 he visited Iraq, in a failed attempt to convince his alleged friend, Saddam Hussein, to give up some of his power in order to prevent war with the United States, a move which received some support from several nations opposed to the war.

Also (from 1998)...

"Many majority Republicans and minority Democrats are already angry at what they consider Primakov's efforts to bolster dictator Saddam Hussein against the US-led campaign to maintain sanctions against Iraq until it fully discloses its illicit weapons-of-mass-destruction programs."
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