Russia warns Israel, West against attacking Iran

lavrov defRussia warned Israel and the West on Wednesday against any military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities but suggested Tehran should be quicker to cooperate over inspections of its nuclear sites.

Speaking at his annual news conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mixed words of caution over isolating Iran or attacking it with a gentle nudge to Tehran over the inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“Attempts to prepare and implement strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities and on its infrastructure as a whole are a very, very dangerous idea. We hope these ideas will not come to fruition,” Lavrov said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted strongly at possible military action to stop Iran from developing an atomic bomb. In an election victory speech on Wednesday, he said preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons would be the main challenge for a new government.

Referring to talks in which the IAEA has been trying to negotiate an agreement for inspectors to gain access to sites, officials and documents, Lavrov said: “The Iranians have said they want this document to be agreed in full. We think our Iranian colleagues could do this a little bit faster.”

Speaking of separate negotiations between Iran and six world powers that are trying to ensure it does not pursue a nuclear weapons program, Lavrov said he was confident a new round of talks would be held but said a venue had not yet been agreed.

Iran denies it is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal and says its nuclear program has only peaceful purposes.

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    Maybe Lavrov has Memories of Chernobyl etched in the back of his head when he thinks about the lack of inspections … but of course he thinks Europe would be able to help with the clean-up in Iran too, since Russia couldn’t do it alone. Nuclear is a nice idea … but ‘man’ can’t keep it safe.

  • 5thDrawer

    Maybe Lavrov has Memories of Chernobyl etched in the back of his head when he thinks about the lack of inspections … but of course he thinks Europe would be able to help with the clean-up in Iran too, since Russia couldn’t do it alone. Nuclear is a nice idea … but ‘man’ can’t keep it safe.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYRtmMxB5yw CrossWinds

    It’s Russia and its allies that will attack Israel………God knows the future……..

    …………..Ezekiel 38:3-5………
    3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. (modern day russia) 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia,(modern day Iran and Iraq) Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 8. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.

  • Plumbline

    It’s Russia and its allies that will attack Israel………God knows the future……..

    …………..Ezekiel 38:3-5………
    3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. (modern day russia) 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia,(modern day Iran and Iraq) Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 8. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.