Saturday, August 26, 2006

Russia rejects sanctions against Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Friday rejected any talk for now of sanctions against
Iran and France warned against conflict with Tehran, raising doubt whether it will face swift penalties for not halting nuclear work by an August 31 deadline.

Responding to an offer of economic incentives to stop enriching uranium, Iran hinted to six world powers on Tuesday it could curb its program as a result of talks to implement the package -- but not as a precondition as they demand.

The reply seemed designed to crack the ramshackle united front of four Western powers and Russia and China behind the U.N. Security Council deadline. The West sees Iran's nuclear work as a looming threat to peace. Russia and China do not.

"I know of no instances in world practice and previous experience in which sanctions have achieved their aim and proved effective," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters during a trip to Russia's far east.

"Moreover, I believe that the question is not so serious at the moment for the U.N. Security Council or the group of six to consider any introduction of sanctions. Russia stands for further political and diplomatic efforts to settle the issue."

Ivanov is regarded as close to President Vladimir Putin.



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Many believe Russia to be our friends and if not our friends than a country that we are not hostile with. This could not be father from the truth, by any means.

Russia again has been trying to inch itself into the superpower role and assert it’s presence in the Middle East, namely in the fanatical countries of Iran and Syria, both of which support, supply and finance terrorism.

While the cold war is over in the traditional sense, they no doubt still harbor resentment towards our country and its vast power, military and otherwise.

They still have been the main supplier of arms in the Middle East and as a result of that Hezbollah and the like have been taking a heavy toll in innocent life and with that the hope of a lasting peace in the region.

Today true to form Russia said it would reject any talk of sanctions against the openly defiant Iran of the issue of their nuclear enrichment program, once again showing the obvious weakness and uselessness of the United Nations.


"I know of no instances in world practice and previous experience in which sanctions have achieved their aim and proved effective," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters during a trip to Russia's Far East.


"Moreover, I believe that the question is not so serious at the moment for the U.N. Security Council or the group of six to consider any introduction of sanctions. Russia stands for further political and diplomatic efforts to settle the issue."


This is just an example of the bureaucracy and the emptiness of the UN Security Council; they once again have failed the world and itself.


Russia does not want change in Iran, they want implant themselves in the power role and continue to supply arms to this county which funds and supplies Hezbollah, which the world has labeled a terrorist organization.


If we are truly fighting a war against terror, than we must act regardless of what Russia and the toothless United Nations say.

1 comment:

Lord Brown Mouse said...

We must encourage Russia to take it's natural place amongst it's fellow europeans in the West.

I agree with you, Russia seems to follow a very short term and naive policy of selling weapons to every despot willing to purchase them, and trying to act as a counter to the USA - who it still see's as a rival. In doing this, it is not responding to the changes in the World around it.

The USA and West should make clear that it is in Russia's interests to be a part of the West and therefore not undermine the West. In the long term it is as part of the West that it can best be placed to feel secure in an age where China and India become more powerful, and the Islamic countries to it's South become more militarily capable and troublesome.

LBM - UK