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Documents tie Russia to Iraq weapons deal

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Iraqi fermentation equipment

Russians angrily deny they violated sanctions

February 12, 1998
Web posted at: 10:37 p.m. EST (0337 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq found documents last September that indicated Russia was considering selling equipment to Iraq that could be used to make biological weapons, sources tell CNN.

However, Russian officials have angrily denied the charges and have demanded that chief U.N. weapons inspector, Richard Butler, repudiate them.

"Russia has never made any deals with Iraq in violation of the existing regime of sanctions," the Russian government said in a statement issued from the United Nations in New York.