France and USSR tried to restrain America over IraqBy Pavel Stroilov | 22 July 2011 | 4 Related pieces
I think that Assad would not mind if Saddam were removed
Mikhail Gorbachev speaking privately to Roland Dumas in 1991
France and the Soviet Union embarked on a diplomatic effort to restrain America even after it began military action over Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
Francois Mitterrand, then president of France, telephoned his then Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, the day after US-led forces began air strikes in Iraq in January 1991.
The Soviet transcript of the conversation is among secret documents that reveal how France helped the Soviet Union to stop America toppling Saddam Hussein as Iraq’s president in the first Gulf War.