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Tuesday, 5 November, 2002, 17:04 GMT
Ukraine 'fails to disprove Iraq claim'
Iraq missile launcher
Ukraine denies military sales to Iraq
A Ukrainian official has said Kiev has failed to convince the US and Britain that it did not sell sensitive military radar systems to Iraq.

Parliament speaker Volodymyr Litvin said after a meeting with British ambassador Robert Brinkley that "reservations" had been expressed about Ukraine's export control system.

Kolchuga early warning radar
Kolchuga early warning radar
Earlier on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Government was given a report drawn up by US and British investigators but its findings have not yet been made public.

The investigators spent a week in Ukraine in October investigating claims that Kiev had sold Kolchuga early-warning radar systems to Iraq in breach of United Nations sanctions.

The US also alleges that Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma personally approved the sale.

His government has so far refused to comment on the report, but has strongly denied the allegations.

Olena Hromnytska, a spokeswoman for Mr Kuchma, told the Associated Press that it would be analysed and studied in detail before any decision on further co-operation with London and Washington was taken.

Serious worry

The row erupted in September after the US said a secret tape recording by Mr Kuchma's former bodyguard, Mykola Melnychenko, in which the president allegedly agreed to the sale, was genuine.

It then suspended about $54m of aid for the Ukrainian Government.

The radar would upgrade Iraq's air defences, a serious worry for Britain and America as they plan a possible campaign against Iraq.

US officials have suggested that the results of the investigation could lead to additional penalties being imposed.


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