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Russia still thinks they should get repaid for all the money Saddam owed them.
Iraq's debts to Russia should be respected and recognized, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told journalists on Tuesday.
"Iraq was a UN member. This country was recognized by the international community. We did not extend loans to any amorphous regime," Kasyanov said.
"Another issue is that this regime lost its relevancy at a certain period of time," the prime minister said.
He underscored the need to wait until a new government is formed in Iraq and until the international community gives consideration to the country's problems. "We will try to protect our interests," Kasyanov said.
The prime minister believes that the Paris Club of creditor nations should be authorized to restructure Iraq's debts.
He believes that some countries may agree to a partial write-off, while some others may write off Iraqi debts altogether.
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