By empty (2/23/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)Yevgenii Primakov, head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visited Baghdad briefly on 22 February for closed-door meetings with the Iraqi leadership. Primakov, who is a specialist on Middle East affairs, is known for his close personal relations with Iraqi President Hussein and other Iraqi leaders. It was not clear whether Primakov brought Hussein a message from President Putin.
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