Putin warns US against military action on Iran

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It is about time someone stands up to the U.S. against the growing pressure of the neocons to attack Iran.

VIA: Guardian

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, today warned the US not to use force against Iran in the current nuclear dispute.
Any military intervention in the Caspian Sea area would be unacceptable, Mr Putin declared as he attended a five-country regional summit in Tehran.

“We should not even think of making use of force in this region,” Mr Putin told his fellow leaders.

His remarks also appeared directed at Azerbaijan, amid Russian media speculation that the US might be trying to negotiate with the republic on the right to use military facilities there, something Azeri officials deny.

Moscow has criticised US attempts to pressure Tehran through economic sanctions and military threats and has called for greater engagement with Iran.

Last week, Mr Putin angered the US by declaring that there was no “objective evidence” that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear bomb.

However, he has also called on Iran to show greater openness and flexibility over its uranium enrichment programme.

The nuclear issue is not on the summit agenda, but it will be discussed when Mr Putin holds one-on-one meetings with Mr Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters.

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