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Russia: Yeltsin Views U.S. Attack On Iraq As 'Very Dangerous'


Moscow, 4 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Russia today continued to criticize the U.S. missile strikes against Iraq.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin's Chief of Staff, Anatoly Chubais, said that Yeltsin views the attacks as "very dangerous." Chubais, saying he was expressing Yeltsin's view, called the strikes "impermissable."

Chubais said Yeltsin is being kept fully informed of what is going on in and around Iraq and that Yeltsin is getting reports on developments from the Russian foreign ministry.

Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeni Primakov, now in Bonn, told Itar-Tass that Moscow will veto a British-sponsored United Nations resolution condemning Iraq for its incursion into the northern Kurdish zone.

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Ralston, said in Washington today that cruise missile attacks against military targets in southern Iraq over the last two days have been successful, and refused to rule out more attacks.

Iraq's military command issued a statement saying that one person was killed and seven injured in today's attack. The report could not been independently confirmed.

The United States says the strikes and the expansion of a no-fly zone in the south were in retaliation for Iraqi incursions into an internationally protected Kurdish region in the country's north.
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