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Rice: Russia Denies in Writing Giving Saddam Info on US Military

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she has a letter from Russia assuring her it did not give Saddam Hussein information on U.S. military plans before the war.

Rice told a congressional committee Wednesday that Russia's Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov gave her the written assurance last week in Berlin.

The letter says the Russian government does not believe there was contact between Saddam and the former Russian ambassador to Iraq, Vladimir Titorenko.

Rice says Lavrov told her that any such contact would have been highly inappropriate.

A Pentagon report cites captured Iraqi documents as saying Russian operatives inside U.S. Central Command in Bahrain passed information to Saddam.

Rice says the United States is still trying to verify if the documents are authentic.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.