Officials in Russia are welcoming Iraq's acceptance of a U.N. Security Council resolution requiring the country to disarm or face serious consequences.

Speaking on state television Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov hailed Iraq's decision to comply with the new U.N. resolution calling for its disarmament.

In addition, Mr. Ivanov re-stated Moscow's support for sending weapons inspectors to Iraq as soon as possible.

Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov also welcomed Baghdad's decision. Mr. Fedotov told Russia's Itar-Tass news agency that if Iraq complies with the U.N. resolution, Russia would raise the issue of suspending U.N. sanctions with other permanent council members.

The sanctions were imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of neighboring Kuwait.

Earlier, before Iraq's acceptance, Mr. Fedotov called the resolution a compromise that in Russia's opinion does not call for the automatic use of force.