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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Eyes UN Resolution

The United States has asked Russia to hold consultations on a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq, Interfax quoted an unidentified diplomatic source as saying Wednesday.

The Russian diplomat said Washington has promised not to submit the resolution until it holds consultations with Russia and other Security Council members, Interfax reported. The Foreign Ministry sometimes uses anonymous statements to Russian news agencies to state its positions.

The report came after the U.S. administration said it was quietly consulting with other countries on a new Security Council resolution that would give the United Nations a leading role in building an Iraqi government -- an idea Russia has strongly supported -- and transform the military presence in Iraq to a multinational force. (Story, page 11.)

In Washington, three senior Bush administration officials said on condition of anonymity that President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell met on the issue Tuesday and agreed to move forward with a new UN resolution in an effort to attract more foreign contributions to postwar Iraq.

Russia vehemently opposed the U.S.-led war on Iraq and has repeatedly called for a greater UN role in rebuilding the country and creating a democratic government. It has ruled out sending troops to participate in the current U.S.-led stabilization forces.

On Saturday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia was also open to the creation of a multinational force withan American commander, but stressed that the UN must be granted a stronger role in postwar Iraq.