>>>I would put a lot of credence into what Russia and France are doing. They are fairly interpreting the resolutions which the UN have passed in regards to Iraq. Not making up the rules as they go along as America and the UK have been doing for the last few years when it comes to dealing with Iraq.<<<
To what end? Do these nations have a vested interest in restoring commercial aviation to Iraq or is this just another "F*** you" to the US on the part of two nations who's influence (in the region and in the world) has steadily eroded since the end of the Cold War.
>>>Let's just wait until towards the end of this year when Aeroflot and Vnukovo Airlines announce they will beginning scheduled service again to Iraq. I doubt we will see the Americans and Brits enforcing the no-fly zone then.<<<
The no-fly rules don't apply to commercial aviation so I don't see what you're getting at. The US and UK can't afford to back down, so they will still patrol the skies along with commerical traffic. Obviously they will be on tenterhooks to avoid a "Vincennes" style incident which would give Saddam the PR victory he lives for.
>>>There has been talk out of Russia, that Iraqi Airways will be supplied with Tu-204s once they restart international flights, and a number of smaller aircraft (not too sure which ones) to begin domestic services.<<<
I think Saddam likes converted IL-76's. No way to tell what's inside plus they hold more guns than TU-204's.
>>>Barnaul Air Enterprise has also been invited by the Iraqi government to look into taking over the day-to-day running of Baghdad Airport. A decision on this is expected to be made soon.<<<
And why shouldn't they? But I wonder who they competed with to get the contract?