France & Russia warned support US war on Iraq or no Iraqi oil
(1/27/2003 - OGI: Cairo) France and Russia have been warned they must support the US military
invasion and occupation of Iraq if they want acess to Iraqi oilfields in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
According to a report in today's Tehran Times, US Senator Richard Lugar, a leading member of the
Bush administration and Republican Party chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said
Russia and France "must be ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in any US-led military intervention" if
they want a share of Iraqi oil.
The paper quoted Lugar as saying that Paris and Moscow oil companies will be deprived of Iraqi oil and
have no share in the country's resources if they refuse to join in the US war to oust Hussein. It noted that
both the Russian Duma and the French parliament have both expressed opposition to a US military
attack on Iraq.