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Putin warns against Iran attack on landmark visit - voltaxebec - 10-16-2007 05:23 PM
Putin warns against Iran attack on landmark visit
TEHRAN (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday warned against military action against Iran and backed its right to nuclear energy, during the first visit to the country by a Kremlin chief since World War II.
Putin, attending a summit meeting of Caspian Sea states, arrived in the Iranian capital amid heavy security and secrecy over his travel plans after reports a squad of suicide bombers planned to kill him.
His visit is of major significance for the Islamic republic at a time of mounting tensions with the West over its atomic drive. Putin met President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was also to see supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"It is important... that we not only do not use any kind of force but also do not even think about the possibility of using force," Putin told the four other Caspian Sea leaders gathered for the summit.
"It is also important that we talk about the impossibility of using our territory for other countries to carry out aggression or military action against other Caspian littoral states."
Along with the presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, Putin declared the states "would not allow their territory to be used by a third country to commit military action against one of the parties."
The United States has never ruled out military action against Tehran but Iran's northern neighbour Azerbaijan, a US ally, has repeatedly insisted it would not allow the US military to launch an attack from its soil.
The declaration also supported Iran's right to nuclear energy, which the United States claims Tehran only wants as cover for a atomic weapons drive.
It backed the right of Non-Proliferation Treaty members to "research, produce and use nuclear energy for peaceful ends, without discrimination, within the framework of this treaty and the mechanisms of the UN nuclear watchdog."
The countries had "expressed the idea that peaceful nuclear activities must be allowed," Putin told a news conference.
"Russia is the only country helping Iran to construct a nuclear power station for peaceful ends," Putin added, referring to the still unfinished project to build Iran's first nuclear energy plant in Bushehr.
Putin's comments highlighted the differences between Russia and the West, which is seeking more unilateral and UN sanctions to punish Tehran for its nuclear defiance.
Russia however has insisted diplomacy is the way to solve the standoff and has said it is not convinced by the Western claims Iran's nuclear programme is military in nature. Tehran insists the atomic drive is entirely peaceful.
Reports on Russian news agencies of an assassination threat had cast doubt over whether Putin would go ahead with the visit and his arrival was delayed from the scheduled touchdown on Monday evening.
But much to the relief of Iranian officials, his plane finally landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport early Tuesday.
Russia's Interfax news agency, citing a source in the Russian special services, had reported on Sunday that a group of suicide bombers would try to kill Putin in Tehran. The Kremlin said Putin had been notified of the report.
Iranian media reported that Putin's armour-plated car had been air-freighted into Tehran ahead of his visit to ensure his security.
His exact travel plans were kept closely under wraps, with Kremlin officials refusing even to disclose what time he left Germany after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel for the five hour flight to Iran.
Putin had insisted that he would "of course" press ahead with his visit, saying that talking directly to Iran's leaders could help end the standoff over its nuclear programme.
The Islamic republic has regularly hosted allies who share its antipathy towards the United States such as Belarus President Aleksander Lukashenko, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
But a visit by a statesman of Putin's stature -- his country is a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council -- is a major event.
The last Kremlin chief to visit Iran was Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who attended the famous conference of the "Big Three" World War II Allied powers in Tehran in 1943 alongside Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Putin warns against Iran attack on landmark visit - justice - 10-17-2007 09:34 AM
Israle has nukes and they are just as extream as Iran and who can blame Iran for wanting nukes when mad dog bush is attacking people all around the world
The USA's enermies are ganging up and this is a clear sign that they are ready to kick back as Bush goes for the oil and all we need now is for China to come on side and it's all over for the thugs running america.
9/11 was the a start but it has not fooled anyone and many americans would like to ask bush some very serious question about his involment and yet he's so powerfull no one can touch him in this so called democracy sweeping the USA.
Bush just might get us all killed in an effort to boost his vast oil profits.
Putin warns against Iran attack on landmark visit - whitesand - 10-17-2007 12:15 PM
Well its not bush who gets you killed, its hillary clinton the next us president.
Putin warns against Iran attack on landmark visit - jack - 10-19-2007 02:03 AM
Quote:Putin warns Washington over missile shield
and I have read that
Quote:The Russian people are being oriented to a new enemy. They are being told to fear and hate the Americans. According to Joseph Farahs G2 Bulletin, the Russian Desk of British intelligence has warned that Putin may be preparing a new Cold War against America. But this is old news. Those who have been paying attention need no secret intelligence to see what is coming what has already arrived. The whole period of perestroika and the collapse of communism and the democracy of Boris Yeltsin was nothing more than a preparatory interval. And now the preparations are nearing their completion. Russia has begun using its economic weapon energy. The Europeans pretend that they are independent of Russia, but in reality the game is up. All that is required, in the long run, is the right propaganda. And Putin has discovered this propaganda. By mischaracterizing Americas military plans, Russia plays the injured innocent. By likening Bush to Hitler, and America to the Third Reich, Putin seizes the moral high ground rallying the international Left to Russia, impressing the dictators of the Third World with his anti-American credentials. At the same time, he sends a warning message to Europe. The world is against America, and youd better join us.
any opinions on this, Nyquist or his claims ???
also, mildly interesting-
Prophecies concerning Russian invasion of America
Putin warns against Iran attack on landmark visit - V13 - 10-19-2007 03:01 AM
Didn't Russia, China, Syria, sign an agreement that if Iran was invaded or attacked they would defend Iran?