Vladimir Zhirinovsky convened an international conference to push for the lifting of the UN embargo on Iraq, Moscow television reported June 5. In his speech to the Moscow meeting, Zhirinovsky also called for an end to UN sanctions against Libya, Serbia, and North Korea. On the same day, Russian deputy foreign minister Viktor Posuvalyuk met with Iraqi officials in Baghdad to explore how the embargo against that country might be lifted, Moscow radio reported. The Russian Federation stands to gain if the embargo is lifted: financially because Iraq owes Moscow a great deal of money and politically because Iraqis could be expected to be grateful for Russia’s efforts on their behalf.
Russia to Participate in Another Arms Bazaar.