Haggle about Iraq: Bush offered Putin 10 billion for Saddam’s head on credit, or will Chechen gunmen

If Russia stops cooperating with Iraq, Russia could account on economical aid in sum of 10 billion dollars

Worthless statements of some politicians who prove that negotiations between the US and Russia do not have a «mercenary» character seem to have been fractured. Americans intend to offer 10 billion dollars on credit, in case Russia refuses Iraqi oil and the Hussain dictatorial regime. If Russia stops cooperating with Iraq, Russia could account on economical aid in sum of 10 billion dollars. This was reported by the Associated Press agency.

The agency referring to some anonymous sources in US Department of State reports that the US Congress and the White House consider a possibility of a transfer agreement with Russia in sum of 10 billion dollars. Moreover, Moscow could also gain an easier regime of trade with the United States.

George Bush and Vladimir Putin are supposed to discuss this possible bargain already in the nearest future. And the latest event in Moscow will only strengthen the US President position. It would be stupid to bargain about the sum, when our countries have common enemies. And it will be difficult for Vladimir Putin to say something against it to his US colleague.

That is right. Though, if Americans throw down the Husain regime, oil prices will drop, and Iraqi oil will be fully controlled by US oil companies. So, Russian economy will collapse, as it never has been collapsed. The 1998 default will look like a small trouble. It cannot be excluded, that in this case (just to restain the country integrity and to stifle internal unrest) the Russian regime will be forced to become more strict and to hand over authority to special services and military. Democracy will be probably forgotten at all (at least, for some time). Circumstances like that are foreseen in the Russian Constitution. So, it is questionable, whether this regime would need the US as its ally or it would prefer Arab investments in exchange to a strict anti-American position. The US seems not to make thoughts about this variant of evolution. US political science experts continue to believe that everything is under control, while the main controller is US Department of State. Though, is it really so?

In other words, 10 billion, all the more on credit, is not the price for Russia to give up its national interests and sacrifice its citizens’ lives – born and not born. If even we hove now common enemies with the US… At least, if not for liberal cries of western community about “human rights” (about the right of the Al-Qaida gunmen and Chechen terrorists to kill innocent people?) and continual warnings of US establishment, the Chechnya issue would be probably already settled.

If to sell oneself, so for a pretty good money and with pleasure. And what the pleasure could the 10 billion bring? It would be not enough even to pay off Russian external debt. (Apropos, this is already a more proper price for the compromise). And 10 billion could be sufficient only to dress up and to feed Russian army (it could be helpful for the US in its fight with world terrorism). To be honest, it is stupid to hope these negotiations are possible.

Dmitry Slobodyanyuk

Translated by Vera Solovieva

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