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Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia Warns Against Iran Conflict

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference with his Greek counterpart Petros Molyviatis in Athens Monday, Feb. 6, 2006. Lavrov begins a two-day visit to Athens, where he will hold talks with Greek officials on energy cooperation and Iran’s nuclear program, Greece’s Foreign Ministry said.

ASSociated Press: Russia Warns Against Conflict With Iran

Russia’s foreign minister warned against threatening Iran over its nuclear program Monday after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reportedly agreed with a German interviewer that all options, including military response, remained on the table.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for talks to continue with Tehran, which was reported to the U.N. Security Council on Saturday by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“I think that at the current stage, it is important not to make guesses about what will happen and even more important not to make threats,” Lavrov said during a visit to Athens, Greece.

Rumsfeld, in an interview with the German daily newspaper Handelsblatt, was asked if all options, including the military one, were on the table with Iran.

“That’s right,” Rumsfeld responded, according to Handelsblatt’s print edition Monday.

Lavrov said the use of force would be possible only if the United Nations consented.

The United Nations will NEVER authorize force against Iran for their nuclear program. So, who is Lavrov kidding?

Economic sanctions even if imposed by the United Nations Security Council will be by and large ineffective with a retaliatory response by Iran that will destabilize the world oil markets.

The United States and Israel WILL CONDUCT their foreign policies without Russia butting in – thank you!

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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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