Rice asks Russia to probe leak of US invasion plans
A US military report said documents had been found in Iraq, which indicated Russia gave the Iraqi leader advance notice of US invasion plans in 2003.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 08:35 IST
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has asked Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to investigate allegations that Russia leaked US plans to invade Iraq to Saddam Hussein.
A US military report released last Friday said documents had been found in Iraq, which indicated Russia gave the Iraqi leader advance notice of US invasion plans in 2003. Russia has already strongly denied the report.
Rice asked Lavrov "to look into this question about documents to the Iraqis and conduct a serious investigation," State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said on Tuesday.
"She said it was important," he added.
Dan Fried, assistant secretary of state for European affairs, spoke to the Russian ambassador to Washington on Monday and asked that Moscow look into the allegations, the State Department said.
Earlier in Moscow, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov dismissed the again. "That is total nonsense. We have not passed on any information," he said.
Lavrov said in Moscow on Tuesday that the allegations were politically motivated.
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was questioned about the allegations at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday but refused to be drawn saying he knew little about the report.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said on Monday that the United States has not opened an investigation into Iraqi documents.