The US was never held to account over its 2003 invasion of Iraq, which was based on deception, Vyacheslav Volodin has said
The UN should open an investigation into Washington's crimes against humanity, Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin suggested on Sunday.
Writing on Telegram on the 20th anniversary of the infamous 2003 speech by then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell at the UN Security Council, during which he justified the ill-fated invasion of Iraq, Volodin offered a scathing criticism of what he described as the American "empire of lies."
According to the speaker of the lower house of Russia's parliament, this date marks "one of the biggest deceptions of the global community by the United States." He recalled that during the landmark Security Council meeting Powell "accused Iraq of producing weapons of mass destruction, providing a vial with 'white powder' as proof." At the time, the US secretary of state said the vial could be used to store anthrax.
While the UN did not approve the Iraq invasion, the US attacked the country anyway, he added. "Half a million civilians fell victims, the president was executed, the country was gone," Volodin wrote, pointing out that Powell later admitted that the vial stunt was "a hoax," but Washington was never held to account.
"All policies of the United States and the collective West are based on lies," the Duma speaker stressed.
He noted that the same applied to NATO's promises not to expand eastwards after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc, as well as to the 2014 and 2015 Minsk Agreements. The latter were signed by Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany in a bid to pave the way for peace in Ukraine by granting the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics special status within the Ukrainian state.
These accords "also turned out to be a deception - but [former German Chancellor Angela] Merkel and [former French President Francois] Hollande acted as Powell did", Volodin said. He was referring to the bombshell confessions by the two ex-leaders, who admitted in December that the Minsk Agreements were simply meant "to give Ukraine time" to strengthen its army.
"The UN should investigate Washington's crimes against humanity. And the decision-makers should be punished for the millions of victims, refugees, broken destinies, destroyed states," Volodin added.