Skip to comments.Moscow opposes sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities [Surprise Surprise Alert]
Posted on 01/17/2006 5:54:54 AM PST by conservativecorner
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday sanctions are not the best and only solution.
DEBKAfile adds: Moscow is muscle-flexing ahead of EU-Russian negotiations due to take place with Iran over a formula for Iranian nuclear enrichment in Russia, mediated by Chancellor Angela Merkel and accepted for study by Tehran. When the talks yield a proposal, it will be brought before Washington. The Kremlin is saying the threat of UN sanctions is counter-productive if the next round of diplomacy is to succeed.
The five permanent UN Security Council members meeting in London failed to agree on a referral of the Iranian case to the Security Council.
DEBKAfiles nuclear experts add: Tehran is meanwhile winning extra time from this high-powered to-ing and fro-ing to push ahead with its nuclear bomb program.
I predict they'll eventually come on board 100%. Question is how much 'accomodation' will be needed.
The Ruskies are not loyal to the Iranians, but are MORE than willing to sell them anything...
I'm sure the conversation with US pretty much went: "We have X investment in Iran, and we need it... from who, we don't care so much"
Russia acts like the USSR again, and Putin is it's premier and commissionar.
If Russia comes over, China will too. To get China over to our side, threaten to cut off business with it. They will then go for sanctions.