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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Rice downplays Ukraine withdrawal of Iraq troops

Yahoo - AFP: Rice downplays Ukraine withdrawal of Iraq troops

Excerpt - WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice downplayed Ukraine's planned withdrawal of troops from Iraq, emphasizing the issue was being coordinated between the two countries.

"We fully understand that the Ukrainian government has decided to end that troop presence," Rice said in Washington after meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart, Boris Tarasyuk.

On March 1 President Viktor Yushchenko announced that Ukraine would withdraw its coalition 1,650 troops in Iraq in three stages between mid-March and mid-October.

Yushchenko is scheduled to visit the White House on April 4 for talks with President George W. Bush aimed at deepening "strategic" ties, both countries said Friday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart move...get the hell out of there before the full-scale civil war makes mincemeat out of 150,000 disgrunter stop-lossers.

1:27 AM, March 15, 2005  

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