Search  
Sponsored by Florida Orange Juice    
Good Morning America World News Tonight 20/20 Primetime Nightline WNN This Week
March 28, 2003
 
HOMEPAGE
NEWS SUMMARY
US
INTERNATIONAL
MONEYScope
WEATHER
LOCAL NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT
ESPN SPORTS
SCI / TECH
POLITICS
HEALTH
TRAVEL
FEATURED SERVICES
RELATIONSHIPS
SHOPPING
DOWNLOADS
WIRELESS
INTERACT
VIDEO & AUDIO
BOARDS
CHAT
NEWS ALERTS
CONTACT ABC


(AP Photo)
Putin Calls Iraq War a Serious Crisis
Russia's Vladimir Putin Calls Iraq War the Most Serious Crisis Since End of Cold War

The Associated Press


Print This Page
Email This Page
See Most Sent
Ambushed U.S. Soldiers' Tale of Survival
Desert Hospital Treats Wounded In the Field
Anti-Tank Missile May Give Iraq Extra Punch
MOSCOW March 28

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called the U.S.-led war against Iraq the most serious crisis since the end of the Cold War and warned it threatened global stability.

The war is "in danger of rocking global stability and the foundations of international law," Putin said during a meeting with Russian lawmakers, segments of which were aired on Russian television.

He said the "only correct solution to the Iraqi problem is the immediate end to military activity in Iraq and resumption of a political settlement in the U.N. Security Council."

The Kremlin has been strongly critical of the U.S.-led war but insists its disagreement with Washington will not damage relations.

"The partnership character of relations with America will gives us a basis for continuing our open dialogue," Putin said, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russian officials have expressed concern that Russian interests and companies, which have signed numerous contracts to develop Iraq's oil industry, will be pushed out by American companies in the war's aftermath. Baghdad also owes Russia about $8.5 billion in Soviet-era debt.

Russia "has never made its position on Iraq directly dependent on economic factors or economic advantages," Putin was quoted by Interfax as saying. "The economy is an important part of politics but if we make a mistake in the political assessment of the situation, we will in the end lose out also in the economic."

Putin urged lawmakers to act pragmatically and "leave emotions on the side" when dealing with the crisis.


photo credit and caption:
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an awards ceremony at Moscow's Kremlin Thursday, March 27, 2003. On the three-year anniversary of his election Wednesday, polls and political analysts suggested Putin won't face much of a challenge if he seeks a second term next March.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
 
  RELATED STORIES
International Index
More Raw News
 
 INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES
Major Battles Expected Outside Baghdad
Ambushed U.S. Troops' Tale of Survival
Why Iraq War Looks Different Worldwide
Adviser Perle Leaves Defense Panel Chair
Have the Rules of War Been Violated?

 


Copyright 2003 ABCNEWS Internet Ventures.
Click here for:  HELP   ADVERTISER INFO   CONTACT ABC   TOOLS   PR   TERMS OF USE   PRIVACY POLICY

Family of sites:      ABC.com        ABC Family        ESPN.com        Disney.com        FamilyFun.com        GO Mail        Movies.com