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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Parliament Attacks Yeltsin For Backing Strike on Iraq

Russia's parliament attacked President Boris Yeltsin's policies on two fronts Wednesday, condemning his support of the U. S. air strike against Iraq and rejecting his candidate to head Russia's Security Council, Marshal Yevgeny Shaposhnikov.


The parliament joined the Ukrainian government and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in condemning the U. S. air strike, which left at least six civilians dead.


The Council of Nationalities, parliament's second chamber, approved a resolution stating that Sunday's U. S. bombing of Iraqi Intelligence headquarters in Baghdad "contradicts the principles of international law and revives the cult of force in international relations", Itar-Tass reported.


The Council of Republics, the first chamber, had approved the resolution Tuesday.


Parliament also rejected Shaposhnikov, the former commander in chief of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States, as a candidate to head the Security Council, according to Russian television.


But because procedure was breached by voting without debate, the question will be revisited in five days.


The U. S. missile strike in Iraq also came under fire in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Anatoly Zlenko told the U. S. ambassador in Kiev that his parliament was "concerned and alarmed" at the U. S. action and that it could complicate efforts to get the START I nuclear arms reduction treaty ratified, Reuters reported.


"Some deputies are linking the action against Iraq to Ukraine's nuclear status", Zlenko told U. S. ambassador Roman Popadiuk at a meeting with reporters Wednesday, Reuters said. "The question of the rapid ratification has therefore become more complicated".


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev also lashed out at the U. S. action in an article published in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta on Wednesday.


He said the missile attack represented a return to America's Cold War role as "world gendarme" and that "President Clinton has made a serious mistake".