Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Iraq issue with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service reported.
Putin told Blair that chief of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) Hans Blix and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei's reports to the UN Security Council on Friday "were additional weighty confirmations in favor of continuing inspections in Iraq, as they have brought concrete results."
Putin stressed that UN Security Council resolutions 1284 and 1441 had granted UNMOVIC and the IAEA a sufficiently strong mandate.
He also said he was in favor of an intensification of inspections.
The conversation occurred a day after Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said that Russia would vote against a draft resolution proposed by the United States and Britain to pave the way for a war against Iraq.