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Bush Says He Will Work With Putin On Iraq Resolution --> 28 May 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush today said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a UN resolution meant to ease the 30 June transfer of power in Iraq.

Bush said at a joint appearance with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen that he had a phone conversation with Putin today about the resolution and agreed "to work together on behalf of the Iraqi people and their new government."

Putin, who opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, called earlier today for a new UN Security Council resolution to create "a mechanism for the creation of a real sovereign state" in Iraq.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, the head of Russia's Audit Chamber, Sergei Stepashin, today said prosecutors will be sent to the Arctic Chukotka region to probe alleged financial mismanagement by local Governor Roman Abramovich.

The Audit Chamber last week released a report criticizing the Chukotka administration for handing out hefty breaks to companies linked to Abramovich. It also said the region is, in effect, bankrupt.

Auditors reportedly found the tax breaks amounted to the equivalent of $470 million, most of which went to subsidiaries of Sibneft, the oil company controlled by Abramovich. Earlier this week Stepashin called on Abramovich, who owns Britain's Chelsea soccer club and was recently declared the wealthiest man in the United Kingdom, to resign.

(AFP/Reuters/RIA Novosti)