Saturday 12 October 2002

Blair Suffers 'Humiliating Rebuff' From Putin Over Iraq

Phony Tony deserves a bit of ritual humiliation, he won't listen to his people so maybe he'll listen to Mr Putin. Certainly if he sends our troops off to die, in that case how about stocks right outside the front of Westminster... Now there's an idea!

The rotten tomatoes are on me, yeah!

A number of British newspapers are claiming British premier Tony Blair suffered a humiliating setback on his visit to Russia during which he hoped to persuade President Vladimir Putin to back a tough UN resolution threatening force against Iraq.

The right-wing Daily Mail reported that Blair had suffered a "humiliating rebuff in his crusade against Saddam Hussein," adding that "his upbeat optimism that Moscow would back Britain and the US over action ... was embarrassingly dashed."

The tabloid said in an editorial: "Yesterday's debacle in Russia is a damning indictment of the Foreign Office that so incompetently misread the situation in Moscow."

The Sun, Britain's biggest selling daily tabloid, said Putin's "slap in the face for Tony Blair and (US President) George Bush is just the news Saddam Hussein wants.

"The more the world seems disunited in its approach to Iraq, the more Saddam will feel he can call our bluff."

Putin agreed Friday with Blair on the need for a tougher UN resolution on weapons inspections in Iraq, but -- crucially -- rejected the threat of force.

After hours of closed-door talks that began Thursday, Putin said Russia shared "apprehensions" about Baghdad's suspected nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and thought a deal could be struck on a new UN Security Council resolution.

Full story...

Blair's Russian mission fails as Putin questions UK 'propaganda'
Putin demands proof over Iraqi weapons
So do well all!