SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — Russia has starkly warned "Israel" and the United States against attacking Iran, saying Moscow sees no evidence that Tehran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing weapons, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.
“We warn those who are no strangers to military solutions… that this would be harmful, literally disastrous for regional stability,” Interfax quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.
An attack on Iran “would set off deep shocks in the security and economic spheres that would reverberate far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East region,” Ryabkov stated.
He said that there was no indication of a military nuclear program and suggested monitoring by the UN nuclear agency was a strong guarantee.
“We, as before, see no signs that there is a military dimension to Iran’s nuclear program. No signs,” Ryabkov - Russia’s point man for diplomacy on Iran’s nuclear program - added.
The Russian deputy foreign minister also said, “We see something different - that there is nuclear material… in Iran that is under the control of inspectors, specialists of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“This nuclear material is not being shifted to military needs, this is officially confirmed by the (IAEA).”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ryabkov said, “In recent times, the tendency to use sanctions to achieve aims that are beyond reach in principle by means of pressure has become a passion that… politicians on both sides of the Atlantic cannot overcome.”
Russia has repeatedly stated that it is opposed to the imposition of further sanctions on Iran beyond the measures approved in four UN Security Council resolutions. —www.shafaqna.com/English
Source: Tehran Times