Skip to comments.Russia warns against attacking Iran
Posted on 09/18/2007 3:59:10 PM PDT by familyop
MOSCOW: Russia has warned against the use of military force against Iran and criticised Western sanctions imposed on Tehran outside the United Nations.
We are worried about increasingly frequent reports that military action against Iran is being seriously considered, Russias Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner here on Tuesday.
Its hard to imagine what that could do to the region where there are already grave problems in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Lavrov strongly backed the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Irans nuclear programme.
Russia is against attempts to pressure the U.N. Security Council to go beyond agreed support for IAEA, the Russian Minister said, adding that the U.N. nuclear watchdog was satisfied with Irans progress in complying with IAEAs demands.
He echoed the U.N. nuclear chief ElBaradei in urging the West to learn the lessons of Iraq. No military solution
We are convinced that no modern problem has a military solution, and that applies to the Iranian nuclear programme as well, Mr. Lavrov said.
We know the consequences of ignoring the professional view of IAEA in Iraq four years ago.
He criticised the idea of unilateral sanctions by the E.U. or the United States.
If we agreed to work collectively and that is reflected in consensus decisions made by the U.N. Security Council, then what purpose do unilateral sanctions serve? he said.
Mr. Kouchner climbed down on his earlier statement that the world should prepare for war in Iran.
The worst thing to happen would be a war, and in order to avoid it, we need to talk, talk and talk, he said, shifting the emphasis of his previous statement and calling for more sanctions against Iran.
Map Kernow replies:Talking about wiping out an entire nation
If so, I wouldn't speak of "humanity" if I were you.
Nice try Map Kernow....your dingy attempt in misconstruing speak would make you a formidable liberal MSM editor.
Which hasn’t been paid for yet. Unlike the SAM stuff they sold Syria (which is now scrap metal).
Russia has the driving force behind a lot the turmoil in the middle east. Syria, Iran, Iraq, all of them were being funded and equipped by Russia. Russia was also behind the 1967 7-day war in Israel.
I'll try again then: were you, or were you not, calling for the genocide of the Iranian people? A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice. And by the way, I don't consider humanitarianism at all incompatible with true conservatism - in fact, I consider it a prerequisite.
I must commend you for your candor, if nothing else.