Russia says the damning Chilcot report on UK involvement in Iraq invasion was wrong, illegal


In this Sept 29, 2003 file photo, a British soldier talks with an Iraqi man in Basra, southern . ©AP

says the damning
Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003
is consistent with Moscow’s longtime position that such military
intervention in a sovereign state was “wrong and illegal.”

a glance [at the report] is enough to confirm what Russia has said
during many years: we called the invasion in Iraq illegal and
unnecessary,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
during a Thursday press briefing.
On Wednesday, a long-awaited
formal inquiry on Britain’s participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq
found that the war was based on flawed intelligence, and that London
chose to go to war before trying diplomatic options.
“We have
concluded that the chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the
peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at
that time was not a last resort,” said John Chilcot, chairman of the
UK’s Iraq Inquiry.
The Russian official emphasized the need for those guilty to be held to account.

main question remains: who and how will be held accountable for the
deaths of at least 150 thousand citizens of Iraq,” she added.

early 2003, the US, strongly backed by the US, invaded Iraq under the
pretext that the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein
possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons, however, were
ever found in Iraq.
More than one million Iraqis were killed as a
result of the invasion, and subsequent occupation of the country,
according to the California-based investigative organization Project

In this March 27, 2003 file photo, British tank crews wait on the front line at Basra, Iraq. ©APThe
invasion plunged Iraq into chaos, resulting in years of deadly violence
and the rise of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, which was a precursor
of Daesh.

Shortly after the seven-year inquiry’s
findings were released, the Russian embassy in London wrote on its
Twitter account, “#Chilcot inquiry: No real WMD in Baghdad, unjust &
highly dangerous war. The entire region on the receiving end.”

Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the defense and security
committee in the upper house of Russia’s parliament, also called on
London to apologize to the Iraqi nation, pay compensation and prosecute
the officials behind the decision to join the invasion.
Chilcot report said the then UK prime minister, Tony Blair, deliberately
exaggerated the threats posed by the Saddam regime in an attempt to
make the case for military action to the parliament and public.
added that Blair had turned a deaf ear to warnings about the potential
repercussions of such a military action, relying too heavily on his own
personal beliefs.
Blair has remained defiant, saying he takes full
responsibility for his action and that he would make the same decision
again; however, he has expressed his “sorrow, regret and apology” for
what he called failures over Iraq.

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