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Putin warns US against attacking Iran
yahoo ^ | today | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV,

Posted on 10/16/2007 10:09:13 AM PDT by dennisw

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 9 minutes ago

Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said countries bordering the Caspian Sea must jointly back any oil pipeline projects in the region.

At a summit of the five nations that border the inland Caspian Sea, Putin said none of the nations' territory should be used by any outside countries for use of military force against any nation in the region. It was a clear reference to long-standing rumors that the U.S. was planning to use Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, as a staging ground for any possible military action against Iran.

"We are saying that no Caspian nation should offer its territory to third powers for use of force or military aggression against any Caspian state," Putin said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also underlined the need for solidarity.

"The Caspian Sea is an inland sea and it only belongs to the Caspian states, therefore only they are entitled to have their ships and military forces here," he said.

A State Department spokesman, Tom Casey, said the United States is not planning military action against Iran.

"We are pursuing a diplomatic course with respect to Iran that includes with respect to its nuclear program as well as with respect to its support for terrorism and other issues that are out there," he said.

Putin refused to set a date for the start-up of Iran's first nuclear power plant, to be built by Russia.

"I only gave promises to my mom when I was a small boy," Putin told Iranian reporters, when asked whether he could promise that the plant that Russia is building would be launched before his term ends next May.

At the same time, he said, "We are not going to renounce our obligations."

Putin's careful stance suggested that Russia is seeking to preserve solid ties with Iran without angering the West. A clear pledge by Putin to quickly finish the plant would embolden Iran and could complicate international talks on the nuclear standoff.

Putin, whose trip to Tehran is the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II, warned that energy pipeline projects crossing the Caspian could only be implemented if all five nations that border the sea support them.

Putin did not name a specific country, but his statement underlined Moscow's strong opposition to U.S.-backed efforts to build pipelines to deliver hydrocarbons to the West, bypassing Russia.

"Projects that may inflict serious environmental damage to the region cannot be implemented without prior discussion by all five Caspian nations," he said.

Other nations bordering the Caspian Sea and in attendance at the summit are: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

The legal status of the Caspian — believed to contain the world's third-largest energy reserves — has been in limbo since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leading to tension and conflicting claims to seabed oil deposits.

Iran, which shared the Caspian's resources equally with the Soviet Union, insists that each coastal nation receive an equal portion of the seabed. Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan want the division based on the length of each nation's shoreline, which would give Iran a smaller share.

Putin's visit took place despite warnings of a possible assassination plot and amid hopes that personal diplomacy could help offer a solution to an international standoff on Iran's nuclear program.

Putin has warned the U.S. and other nations against trying to coerce Iran into reining in its nuclear program and insists peaceful dialogue is the only way to deal with Tehran's defiance of a U.N. Security Council demand that it suspend uranium enrichment.

"Threatening someone, in this case the Iranian leadership and Iranian people, will lead nowhere," Putin said Monday during his trip to Germany. "They are not afraid, believe me."

Iran's rejection of the council's demand and its previous clandestine atomic work has fed suspicions in the U.S. and other countries that Tehran is working to enrich uranium to a purity usable in nuclear weapons. Iran insists it is only wants lesser-enriched uranium to fuel nuclear reactors that would generate electricity.

Putin's visit to Tehran is being closely watched for any possible shifts in Russia's carefully hedged stance in the nuclear standoff.

The Russian president underlined his disagreements with Washington last week, saying he saw no "objective data" to prove Western claims that Iran is trying to construct nuclear weapons.

Putin emphasized Monday that he would negotiate in Tehran on behalf of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members — United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — and Germany, a group that has led efforts to resolve the stalemate with Tehran.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ezekiel38; gogmagog; iran; pootypoot; russia

1 posted on 10/16/2007 10:09:15 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
Hey Putin . . . .


2 posted on 10/16/2007 10:10:44 AM PDT by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: dennisw

“Battle lines being drawn” -— Thanks Steven Stills!


3 posted on 10/16/2007 10:10:57 AM PDT by dennisw (France needs a new kind of immigrant one who is "selected, not endured" - Nicholas Sarkozy)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Or...

Hey, Putin...


4 posted on 10/16/2007 10:12:11 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson 2008. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter 2008 (VP) Lifetime ACU Rating: 92)
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To: dennisw
Hey Putin, since when do we listen to you???

BTW, how much is Iran paying you??

5 posted on 10/16/2007 10:12:38 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: dennisw
Just think of the number of Russian “technicians” that would be killed in any attack on Iran.And just think of all the lucrative contracts that would be lost.
6 posted on 10/16/2007 10:14:51 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: dennisw
"They are not afraid, believe me."

Neither was Saddam.

Where is he now?

7 posted on 10/16/2007 10:18:37 AM PDT by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: dennisw

“We’ll do ANYTHING you say, just pleeeeeeeeeeeeeasse don’t take off your shirt again!!!”


8 posted on 10/16/2007 10:19:11 AM PDT by 444Flyer (The good Lord gave me one mouth to speak, two ears to hear and 10 fingers to type.)
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To: 444Flyer

Threatening someone?
Is he talking about Iran threatening to “wipe Israel off the map”?


9 posted on 10/16/2007 10:24:35 AM PDT by Grateful One
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To: 444Flyer

Threatening someone?
Is he talking about Iran threatening to “wipe Israel off the map”?


10 posted on 10/16/2007 10:24:48 AM PDT by Grateful One
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Time to deploy the missile defense system in Europe.


11 posted on 10/16/2007 10:27:12 AM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: Grateful One

“Threatening someone? Is he talking about Iran threatening to “wipe Israel off the map?”

This is how you reason when you take Smirnoff in your orange juice in the morning.


12 posted on 10/16/2007 10:32:37 AM PDT by 444Flyer (The good Lord gave me one mouth to speak, two ears to hear and 10 fingers to type.)
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To: dennisw
Pootie doesn't like it when others ignore his scary threats.

Putin: Stalin Light

13 posted on 10/16/2007 10:35:46 AM PDT by TChris (Cartels (oil, diamonds, labor) are bad. Free-market competition is good.)
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To: dennisw

A new cold war will pull the ECONOMY out of this housing morass...


14 posted on 10/16/2007 10:37:14 AM PDT by traumer
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To: Grateful One; TChris

#13 Maybe this is his morning chaser?


15 posted on 10/16/2007 10:53:39 AM PDT by 444Flyer (The good Lord gave me one mouth to speak, two ears to hear and 10 fingers to type.)
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To: dennisw

Hey, Pootie Put, go take a dump in hat and pull it over your eyes.


16 posted on 10/16/2007 11:01:29 AM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats, AlQaeda and the ACLU working together to destroy America)
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To: dennisw

Two dumb mistakes the Bush Administration made.

1) His statements about being able to “trust” Putie when he started his term of office.

2) Trying to put missiles on Russia’s borders
without expecting all Hell to break loose.

We can’t trust Putie and never could - he is a hardline commie and imperalist and hates America. But we can;t flinch when he tries to stand us off over Iran.


17 posted on 10/16/2007 11:08:15 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: dennisw

Two dumb mistakes the Bush Administration made.

1) His statements about being able to “trust” Putie when he started his term of office.

2) Trying to put missiles on Russia’s borders
without expecting all Hell to break loose.

We can’t trust Putie and never could - he is a hardline commie and imperalist and hates America. But we can;t flinch when he tries to stand us off over Iran.


18 posted on 10/16/2007 11:08:41 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: dennisw
He's just worried about Russia losing one of it's principle proxy thug states, proxies that have been fighting/attacking us since the end of WWII.

As far as I'm concerned, as soon as we've "straightened out" Iran and N. Korea, it'll be time to turn our attention once and for all to the real problem in the world: Russia and China. Knock those two regimes out of the picture and the world could look forward to a thousand years of peace.

19 posted on 10/16/2007 11:10:37 AM PDT by LibWhacker (Democrats are phony Americans)
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To: dennisw
"Projects that may inflict serious environmental damage to the region cannot be implemented without prior discussion by all five Caspian nations," he said.

Serious environmental damage? This from one of the world's biggest polluters?

Here's a little tip, Putin.

We've already had prior discussions with you and the rest of your cabal.

The talking portion of the program is soon at an end.

20 posted on 10/16/2007 11:14:45 AM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: ZULU

Did you see news footage of Putin’s visit here during the summer with he and Bush standing outside for the photo op? Bush was going on and on about what a “great friend” Putin is and all that B.S. and Putin just kept staring at him like he was nuts and with a “Don’t touch me I’ve got a knife in my boot” look.


21 posted on 10/16/2007 11:16:16 AM PDT by 444Flyer (The good Lord gave me one mouth to speak, two ears to hear and 10 fingers to type.)
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To: 444Flyer

No. I missed that.

I did see the photo op on Putin, Bush, the head of Red China and some other foreign dignitaries. They were all dressed up in traditional Chinese robes. Bush as usual was grinning from ear to ear, but Putin had an expression in face like “this is ridiculous, do I have to wear this dress?”

Too bad Putin is on the wrong side. We could use somebody like him who had OUR political philosphies.


22 posted on 10/16/2007 11:37:30 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

“Too bad Putin is on the wrong side. We could use somebody like him who had OUR political philosphies.”

Bush took Putin fishing while he was here. Why do I think Reagan would have taken him to his ranch, put him on his wildest horse and said something like, “Careful..that one almost killed my best hand last year!” All with that winning smile he had!


23 posted on 10/16/2007 11:49:52 AM PDT by 444Flyer (The good Lord gave me one mouth to speak, two ears to hear and 10 fingers to type.)
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To: 444Flyer

I loved Reagan - he was the best - a Giant.

America misses him - VERY MUCH.


24 posted on 10/16/2007 11:52:19 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ZULU

Deep sigh...


25 posted on 10/16/2007 12:04:06 PM PDT by 444Flyer (The good Lord gave me one mouth to speak, two ears to hear and 10 fingers to type.)
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To: 444Flyer

LOL, ROFLMAO!

I visualized that, and it floored me. LOL


26 posted on 10/16/2007 12:05:54 PM PDT by papasmurf (sudo apt - get install FRed Thompson)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Hey Pooty, you should finish your statement...”until Iran pays off the debt it owes Russia”


27 posted on 10/16/2007 2:40:11 PM PDT by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: dennisw
"Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart..."

Yeah, both mental midgets with a Napoleonic complex.

28 posted on 10/16/2007 3:17:20 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: dennisw

I’m not seeing whatever President Bush saw in this guy.


29 posted on 10/16/2007 3:23:54 PM PDT by sappy
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To: LibWhacker

“Knock those two regimes out of the picture and the world could look forward to a thousand years of peace.”

I’ll say peaceful. We’ll all be dead. ;)


30 posted on 10/16/2007 4:22:12 PM PDT by Shaun_MD ("Republic of Texas")
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To: dennisw

Yo Putin

No offense, but a dictator who poisons those who oppose him with polonium, slowly re-institutes Soviet-style government control on everything, and has had 15 journalists die mysteriously under his term doesn’t really have a whole lot of room to tell other nations not to attack people.

From the US with love


31 posted on 10/16/2007 4:33:13 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (Star Wars teaches us a foreboding lesson--evil emperors start out as Senators)
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To: All

This just confirms that its going to have to be Israels job to do the dirty work! :-)


32 posted on 10/16/2007 6:19:18 PM PDT by GideonOfWar
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To: dennisw

Thanks for the heads-up asswipe, I’m sure we’ll be able to find you cowering under some Muslim’s skirt when the bombs start to fall. What a jerk this guy is!


33 posted on 10/16/2007 6:26:16 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Not too shabby MissG8


34 posted on 10/16/2007 6:45:59 PM PDT by dennisw (France needs a new kind of immigrant one who is "selected, not endured" - Nicholas Sarkozy)
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To: dennisw

Spasibo (Thank you) ;)


35 posted on 10/16/2007 8:34:59 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (Star Wars teaches us a foreboding lesson--evil emperors start out as Senators)
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To: G8 Diplomat
Пожалуйста
36 posted on 10/16/2007 8:54:24 PM PDT by dennisw (France needs a new kind of immigrant — one who is "selected, not endured" - Nicholas Sarkozy)
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To: dennisw
LOL Or maybe... ЛОЛ
37 posted on 10/16/2007 8:56:05 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (Star Wars teaches us a foreboding lesson--evil emperors start out as Senators)
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To: dennisw; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; Grampa Dave; gonzo; nuconvert

Ssh--be vewy, vewy qwiet--the wussian waydar might heaw us! Hahahahaha!

38 posted on 10/16/2007 9:04:25 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: G8 Diplomat
Young lady, never forget to Доверяй, но проверяй
39 posted on 10/16/2007 9:15:19 PM PDT by dennisw (France needs a new kind of immigrant — one who is "selected, not endured" - Nicholas Sarkozy)
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To: dennisw
Just need Kim Jong-il to have a complete set of the Three Little Nutjobs :


40 posted on 10/17/2007 5:27:32 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve
[Ssh--be vewy, vewy qwiet--the wussian waydar might heaw us! Hahahahaha!]

Haven't been online Phil. Sorry I missed so many posts!

41 posted on 10/17/2007 9:31:27 PM PDT by potlatch ("Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!")
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