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Moscow - Russia Warns Israel, West Against Attack On Iran

Published on: January 23, 2013 09:07 AM
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FILE -  Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) invites his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres (L) during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, 08 November 2012.  EPAFILE -  Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) invites his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres (L) during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, 08 November 2012.  EPA

Moscow - Russia warned Israel and the West on Wednesday against any military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities but suggested Tehran should be quicker to cooperate over inspections of its nuclear sites.

Speaking at his annual news conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mixed words of caution over isolating Iran or attacking it with a gentle nudge to Tehran over the inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“Attempts to prepare and implement strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities and on its infrastructure as a whole are a very, very dangerous idea. We hope these ideas will not come to fruition,” Lavrov said.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted strongly at possible military action to stop Iran from developing an atomic bomb. In an election victory speech on Wednesday, he said preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons would be the main challenge for a new government.

Referring to talks in which the IAEA has been trying to negotiate an agreement for inspectors to gain access to sites, officials and documents, Lavrov said: “The Iranians have said they want this document to be agreed in full. We think our Iranian colleagues could do this a little bit faster.”

Speaking of separate negotiations between Iran and six world powers that are trying to ensure it does not pursue a nuclear weapons program, Lavrov said he was confident a new round of talks would be held but said a venue had not yet been agreed.

Iran denies it is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal and says its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes.


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 Jan 23, 2013 at 09:33 AM Benny Says:

Bla bla bla
There is nothing else to do,
You Just have to bomb it.
And Russians should be ashamed and keep their mouth shut, they are the one's who built it.

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 Jan 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Sounds like the old CCCP!

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 Jan 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM 5TResident Says:

Russia wants to keep it's client state, Iran, in business. That might change when the Islamists try to take over Moscow. Russia also opposed the US in World War II until Hitler attacked it.

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 Jan 23, 2013 at 09:39 PM BenTorah Says:

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5TResident Says:

Russia wants to keep it's client state, Iran, in business. That might change when the Islamists try to take over Moscow. Russia also opposed the US in World War II until Hitler attacked it.

Russia entered ww2 before the US, in June 1941. The US entered ww2 in December 1941 after Pearl Harbor.

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 Jan 24, 2013 at 04:57 AM 5TResident Says:

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BenTorah Says:

Russia entered ww2 before the US, in June 1941. The US entered ww2 in December 1941 after Pearl Harbor.

That's true, the US was "officially" neutral until Pearl Harbor. But that was largely abandoned by the Lend-Lease program of January 1941 in which the US shipped $50 billion in supplies to England and France and even Russia, since by that time it was becoming clear that Hitler was intending to invade Russia despite the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of non-aggression. Russia had spent a good part of 1940 criticizing the Allies for warring with Germany. So your dates are correct, but the USSR was clearly defending Germany for the first 12 months of WW 2.

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