Replying to a question about Russia-Iraq relations, the minister said: "We have never withdrew from Iraq. ...The Russian Embassy was one of the few that kept working in Baghdad, including during the war. There were, and still are, our specialists there. Russia and Iraq have long-standing relations. Many new and large economic facilities vital for the country's development have been built in Iraq with Russia's assistance. We intend to continue working with Iraq. We have not had and do not have any problems with the Iraqi people and intend to keep up good relations with them."