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Clinton: Russia Won’t Stop Attack

February 13, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Moving closer to a potential showdown with Iraq, President Clinton said today that Russia’s objections to military strikes are a concern to the United States but ``‘Nyet’ is not ‘no’ for the United States.″

Moscow has urged the Clinton administration to avoid military action against its longtime ally, calling U.S. policy ``uncompromising.″

Clinton said he understands Russia’s concerns and said the United States is exhausting every possible diplomatic route. But ``we don’t believe it is acceptable, if diplomacy fails, to walk away,″ he said.

``That’s the rub,″ Clinton said in an East Room ceremony to swear in a new surgeon general.

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