Visiting US Under secretary of State John Bolton said Tuesday in Moscow that Russia is still opposed to a new resolution on Iraq, which could pave the way for a military attack on Iraq.
Bolton was speaking to reporters following two days of talks with Russian officials in a bid to win Russia's support for a new Iraq resolution, a draft of which was submitted to the UN Security Council on Monday by the United States, Britain and Spain.
"I didn't detect any shift in their (Russia's) position," said Bolton.
He hinted that the United States would have further discussions with Russia on the new Iraq resolution, saying that his visit here "is not the last of the diplomatic discussions."
On Monday, Russia, France and Germany presented their joint memorandum on Iraq to the UN Security Council as a counter initiative to the new resolution on Iraq. The memorandum recommends a step-by-step program of peaceful disarmament of Iraq.
The draft of the US-backed new resolution on Iraq declares thatthe Arab country "has failed to take the final opportunity afforded to it in resolution 1441."
It also says Iraq has been and remains in material breach of its obligations.
It declares that the Iraqi arms declaration contained "false statements and omissions" and "has failed to comply with, and cooperate fully in the implementation of, that resolution (1441),"and thus the country constituted "a further material breach.