Back in 2003 I was busy writing in JyllandsPosten about the failures of UN's Security Council, and of the Western peacemongers. I accused Germany, France, China and first of all Russia for being so deeply involved financially with Saddam that their stand on the Council was a given matter. Now history documents that I was far to gentle: not only did the countries set up oil deals with Saddam to take effect after the lifting of the sanctions; Russia was bribed and the Russian ambassador to Bagdad, Vladimir Teterenko, revealed the US warplan to Saddam.
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"Two Iraqi documents from March 2003 — on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion — and addressed to the secretary of Saddam Hussein, describe details of a U.S. plan for war. According to the documents, the plan was disclosed to the Iraqis by the Russian ambassador."
Document written sometime before March 5, 2003
The first document (CMPC-2003-001950) is a handwritten account of a meeting with the Russian ambassador that details his description of the composition, size, location and type of U.S. military forces arrayed in the Gulf and Jordan. The document includes the exact numbers of tanks, armored vehicles, different types of aircraft, missiles, helicopters, aircraft carriers, and other forces, and also includes their exact locations. The ambassador also described the positions of two Special Forces units.
Document dated March 25, 2003
The second document (CMPC-2004-001117) is a typed account, signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hammam Abdel Khaleq, that states that the Russian ambassador has told the Iraqis that the United States was planning to deploy its force into Iraq from Basra in the South and up the Euphrates, and would avoid entering major cities on the way to Baghdad, which is, in fact what happened. The documents also state "Americans are also planning on taking control of the oil fields in Kirkuk." The information was obtained by the Russians from "sources at U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar," according to the document.
This document also includes an account of an amusing incident in which several Iraqi Army officers (presumably seeking further elaboration of the U.S. war plans) contacted the Russian Embassy in Baghdad and stated that the ambassador was their source. Needless to say, this caused great embarrassment to the ambassador, and the officers were instructed "not to mention the ambassador again in that context."
Editor's Note: The Russian ambassador in March 2003 was Vladimir Teterenko. Teterenko appears in documents released by the Volker Commission, which investigated the Oil for Food scandal, as receiving allocations of 3 million barrels of oil — worth roughly $1.5 million.
In Kommersant - Russia's Daily Online I came across this background by Alexander Reutov, written in Russian as of Oct. 28, 2005:
"Moreover, the senators said that they have a documents proving the connection of former Chief of Presidential Administration of Russian Federation Alexander Voloshin. The special report pointed out that Voloshin received from Saddam Hussein the rights to sell a certain amount of the oil, which he later sold to the other companies. According the senate sub-committee estimates, in 1999-2003 the profit from this scheme reached
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of Liberal Democratic Party of Russia party, was also mentioned in the senate report. The Senate investigators were able to put the hand on the letters signed by Zhirinovsky, where there was a discussion of oil purchase issues, and the documents of Iraqi Oil Ministry, where it said that leader of LDPR and his party are getting vouchers for the sale of the oil. In 1997 Zhirinovsky wrote a letter to Iraqi Ambassador in Russia, where he said that his party is firmly against the UN economic sanctions, and he promised to use all his political influence to persuade the Duma to widen the economical cooperation with Iraq, including the requests of the contracts in the program Oil-for-Food. American Senators think that this zeal brought Zhirinovsky $8.7 million.
Russians were categorically denying the accusation of American lawmakers. Moscow was saying that the Senate investigation was done as a political action and for that reason it cannot be objective. However, if the Senate’s sub-committee conclusions would find the confirmation in Volker's commission report, than Russian lawyers would have to look for more substantial arguments, because the court is unavoidable. "
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