Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice prior to their meeting at Olmert’s Jerusalem residence, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert flew to Moscow on Thursday in a surprise visit to discuss Iran’s nuclear program with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who just returned from talks with Iranian leaders in Tehran.
The two leaders also were expected to discuss an arms deal that Russia is to sign with Syria, and Russia’s role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts.
Olmert’s one-day visit was announced only after Putin had returned from Iran, where he vowed Tuesday to support Iran’s pursuit of nuclear energy and warned “outside forces” â€” hinting at the United States â€” against using force against Tehran.
World leaders are experts of saying one thing and meaning another.
Is something other than what seems going on here?
President Bush said Wednesday that he wanted to get a readout directly from Putin about his visit to Iran and issued a stark warning that a nuclear-armed Iran could trigger World War III.
While in Tehran, Putin made an unspecified proposal concerning Iran’s nuclear program to the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported. Officials close to hardliners within Iran’s ruling Islamic establishment said they believed the proposal involved a “timeout” on sanctions if Iran suspends uranium enrichment.
The Iran nuclear crisis is coming to a head.
Are Putin’s bellicose statements regarding the United States a “SMOKESCREEN” for an Iranian capitulation? Or a prelude to War?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands upon Putinâ€™s arrival in Tehran. Putin backed Iranâ€™s right to nuclear energy and argued against military action, during the first visit to the country by a Kremlin chief since World War II.
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