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MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. The United Kingdom should apologize for its 2003 Iraq invasion and pay compensation to the Iraqi people, a senior Russian senator said on Wednesday.
Franz Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the defense and security committee in the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, made this statement in comments on a UK report that the legal basis for Britain’s decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003 was "far from satisfactory."
Head of the UK’s Iraq inquiry John Chilcot presented a report on Wednesday, saying "the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted."
As Chilcot noted, "It is now clear that policy on Iraq was made on the basis of flawed intelligence and assessments. They were not challenged, and they should have been."
Commenting on the UK report, the Russian senator said: "The commission that was specially established in the United Kingdom to study the causes and the circumstances of Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war has passed its verdict: the invasion into Iraq was a mistake. I believe such an acknowledgment today is clearly insufficient."
As the Russian senator said, the Iraq problem "is not of academic nature to leave it to historians to examine."
The UK should "bring official apologies to the Iraqi people, pay it the relevant compensation and begin judicial prosecution of officials who made a decision on the invasion into Iraq."
"It is only in this case that it can be hoped that the necessary lessons from the tragedy will be drawn and no one would want to repeat it again," the Russian senator said.