Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky arrived in Baghdad yesterday for a visit that he said was aimed at boosting "friendly relations between the Russian and Iraqi peoples and to discuss steps which would end the embargo imposed on Iraq." Zhirinovsky was quoted as describing the UN embargo as a "savage crime being inflicted upon the Iraqi people." He visited Iraq twice in 1995. (Reuter, August 19)
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