Iran Sanctions draft rejected by Russia.
Posted by QB on November 2, 2006
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that a European draft resolution imposing sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program would isolate Iran.
“We cannot support those measures which in fact aim to isolate Iran from the outside world, including the isolation of the people who are charged with leading negotiations on the nuclear program,” the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.
The resolution draft was tabled by Britain France and Germany which seeks to punish Iran for its defiance of a UN demand it halt uranium enrichment activities.
The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on Iran through the UN Security Council on the grounds that Tehran is developing a nuclear-weapons program under the garb of a civilian-use program. Iran, however, says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Lavrov said last month that Russia will oppose any attempts to use the UN Security Council to punish Iran for its nuclear program.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a telephone conversation on Monday that Moscow favored further talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
Tehran has said it wants talks with the major nations, but will not suspend its nuclear work as a prerequisite.
The Russian stand on the issue will make it impossible to pass any sanctions resolution on Iran and this will be bitter defeat for Bush regime in UN. Iran really had no fear of sanctions or any US invasion because they know that they are helpless to take any actions. The Iranian response is very clear from the begining that they will not stop their peaceful uranium enrichment program.
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