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Russia Claims Iran Ready to Stop Enrichment of 20% uranium

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Russia says that Iran is ready to stop enriching 20 percent grade uranium, a key ingredient towards making a nuclear weapon, but Iran expects the West to lift economic sanctions in return.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not say exactly what Iranian officials agreed to this grand gesture, one day after Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rohani vowed that Iran will continue to enrich uranium. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu previously has warned that the only level of uranium enrichment that Iran should be allowed to produce is “zero percent.”

A higher grade of enrichment is a step closer to producing a nuclear weapon, but lower grade enrichment, needed for fuel roads in the Bushehr nuclear energy plant. Iran’s refusal to allow international inspectors into its nuclear facilities precludes the possibility of knowing how much 20 percent enriched uranium the country already has stockpiled.

“For the first time in many years, there are encouraging signs in the process of settlement of the situation with the Iranian nuclear program,” Lavrov said in the interview to Kuwait’s KUNA news agency. The interview was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s site but was not published in Iran.

Lavrov insisted that Iran’s preparedness to stop high-level enrichment of uranium “could become a breakthrough agreement.”

Then he dropped the joker in the deck: Iran’s grand gesture “implies significant reciprocal steps” by the six world powers who have unsuccessfully tried to convince Iran to cooperate with nuclear inspectors to stop its nuclear program.

“The international community must adequately respond to the constructive progress made by Iran, including gradual suspension and lifting of sanctions, both unilateral and those introduced by the UN Security Council. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this opportunity,” Lavrov concluded.

The next step is predictable. The West will demand some kind of evidence that Iran can speak for itself instead of letting Russia act as its mouthpiece.

Step Number Two will be Iran’s demand that sanctions be removed because, after all, how can it trust the West to inspect its nuclear facilities and then find a reason not lift sanctions?

Rohani won’t take office until August, so Iran still has several weeks to enrich more high-grade uranium.

After August, expect another few weeks, or months, of negotiating about how to negotiate an agreement.

By that time, maybe Iran will have enough high-grade uranium for a bomb.

Report: Russia Stopped Missile Delivery under Israeli Threat of War

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The Lebanese newspaper Ad-Diyar reports that Israel has managed to block the transfer of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia to Lebanon.

According to the report, Israel applied direct and indirect pressure, as well as threatened to start an all-out war should Russia hand Lebanon these missiles (to then transfer them to Syria).

According to the report, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mohi Edine al Muallem that the final decision on the matter is in the hands of President Boris Putin.

Meanwhile, President Putin, according to Ad-Diyar, passed a message to President Assad saying Hezbollah’s entry into the conflict in Syria is “not helpful.”

In the same message, Putin told Assad that Russian could compensate Syria by handing it efficient, powerful weapons to fight the rebels, including the latest in helicopters and attack aircraft. But Moscow prefers that Hezbollah stay out of the war in Syria, because it believes the organization’s involvement would weaken Syria’s position.

Two senior intelligence officials in Washington told Fox News that Assad still has not received the S-300 land-to-air missiles.

A senior official in Moscow was quoted by Reshet Bet a also saying that his country is yet to transfer the missiles to Syria. Nevertheless, he added, it is possible that some parts of the system have been delivered.

According to the official, who is close to the Russian Defense Ministry, Moscow delayed the implementation of the deal has been signed about 3 years ago, but decided to complete it after NATO positioned Patriot missiles in Turkey, near the Syrian border.

 

Update: New reports are saying that Russia will be selling at least 10 MiG-29 M/M2 fighter planes to Syria.

Report: US Conveys Iran Ultimatum via Russia – Cooperate or Face Military Confrontation This Year

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Citing an anonymous Russian diplomatic source, the Russian daily Kommersant reported that the United States has asked Russia to relay to Iran that the upcoming round of nuclear talks is its “last chance” to resolve the nuclear crisis peacefully.

According to the source, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked her Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov “to make [it] clear to the Iranian authorities” that if Iran does not cooperate in the negotiations with the P5+1 group (consisting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) slated for April, it will face a military confrontation in the coming months. The source said that the threat was lodged in a meeting between Clinton and Lavrov after a UN Security Council meeting on Monday in New York.

“The invasion will happen before year’s end. The Israelis are in effect blackmailing Obama. They’ve put him in this interesting position – either he supports the war or loses the support of the Jewish lobby,” said the diplomat.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov criticized the alleged ultimatum, telling the newspaper that ”[s]peaking in this way is unprofessional. There is no such thing as a ‘last chance’. It’s an issue of political will, and Russia does everything to foster such will rather than let it wane…those tempted to use military force should restrain themselves and search for a diplomatic solution.”

Russia Reiterates Disapproval of Western Handling of Syria

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again expressed his country’s disapproval of sanctions against Syria, and was vociferous in Russia’s opposition to foreign military intervention.

“We cannot support any proposals for sanctions imposed unilaterally without any consultation with Russia and China … to be consecrated in hindsight by a Security Council decision,” Lavrov said Wednesday after discussions with his Turkish counterpart.

In October 2011, Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution that condemned the Assad regime and would have served as a precursor to sanctions.

Russia continues to sell military equipment to Syria, despite Western calls not to arm the regime in its  11-month crackdown of dissidents.

 

Russia Comes to Defense of Syria, Iran

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said in his annual news conference on Wednesday that foreign intervention in Syria and Iran could lead to ”a very big war that will cause suffering not only to countries in the region but also to states far beyond its boundaries.”

Mr Lavrov spent much of the news conference criticizing Western policies and measures regarding Iran and Syria, and reiterated Russia’s position that it will veto any UN Security Council resolution authorizing military intervention against the Syrian regime.

 

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