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Iraq: Albright In Consultation With Primakov

Washington, 11 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - The State Department says U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has been in close consultation with Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov about the crisis in Iraq.

Spokesman James Rubin says Albright spoke by telephone to Primakov over the weekend. And Rubin says she was pleased by the results.

Earlier yesterday, Moscow issued a statement calling on Iraq to stop hindering Americans carrying out United Nations-mandated weapons inspections. However, Russia also said it will oppose attempts to use growing tensions between Baghdad and the world community to justify military action against Iraq.