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    Chilcot Report Findings on Iraq War Confirms Russia's Stance Right - Moscow

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    Moscow has been aware of the facts presented in the Chilcot Report on the United Kingdom's role in the 2003 Iraq War from the very beginning and this information confirms Russia's position was right, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the 2.6-million-word report on the UK role in the 2003 Iraq War was released, seven years after it was announced. The long-awaited inquiry by Sir John Chilcot concluded that the United Kingdom under then-Prime Minister Tony Blair made a decision to invade Iraq before all peaceful options had been exhausted, whereas the entire policy on Iraq was based on flawed intelligence and assessments.

    "We've known that all along. Even during the discussion of this issue in the UN Security Council it was clear that they fabricated facts to convince the Security Council that there were stocks of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and, thus, gain its approval for the military action against the regime of [then Iraq leader] Saddam Hussein," Gatilov said.

    He added that the fact that the information Moscow knew was finally revealed in the Untied Kingdom proved that Russia was right.

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