Russia to U.S.: Don’t attack Iran

by on February 16th, 2006

http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/ap/2006/02/16/ap2532379.html

Russia’s top military chief on Thursday warned the United States against launching a military strike against Iran and a top diplomat voiced hope that close cooperation with China could help resolve the Tehran nuclear crisis.

With tension mounting over Iran’s nuclear programs, Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, the chief of Russia’s general staff, warned the United States against attacking Iran.

“A military scenario can’t be ruled out,” Baluyevsky was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

He said that while Iran’s military potential cannot compare to the United States’, “it is hard to predict how the Muslim world will respond to the use of force against Iran.”

“This may stir the whole world, and it is crucial to prevent anything like that,” Baluyevsky was quoted as saying.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alekseyev, meanwhile, said that cooperation with China could help push Iran toward accepting Moscow’s offer to host Iran’s uranium enrichment program.

The Russian proposal has become a centerpiece of international efforts to defuse tensions over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

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