Ukraine ponders future of Iraq troops

Ukraine has made another strong hint that it plans to reduce or withdraw its 1600 troops from Iraq, although the immediate date for the decision remains unclear.

    The fate of Ukrainian troops in Iraq will be decided within weeks

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich was quoted on Monday 

    by the Interfax news agency as saying that he planned to discuss the

    politically charged issue with the former Soviet republic's security

    council in the coming weeks.

     

    "Concerning Iraq, we need to make a decision to limit our

    contingent, and I will raise this question" during the meeting,

    Yanukovich was quoted as saying. 

     

    His comments were the latest in a series from Ukrainian

    officials who agree that their 1600 plus contingent, overseen by

    Polish troops and stationed in southern Iraq, should be withdrawn

    soon.

     

    Despite offering its troops for the US-led war, Ukraine still

    has strained relations with Washington, which is concerned by Kiev's

    human rights record and alleged black market arms sales.

    SOURCE: AFP


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