The arrival of international weapons inspectors in Baghdad has reduced the chances of war in the region and opens the way for lifting the sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Russia has major economic interests in Baghdad and has been eager to see the sanctions lifted, a move that would pave the way for more Russian companies to work in Iraq. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said, "The adoption by the UN Security Council of resolution 1441 and Iraq's consent to the return of international inspectors ...

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