Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Russia opposes US push for sanctions

Tue, 01 Jan 2008

Russia says sanctions are not an efficient measure against any country pursuing an independent policy toward international regulations.

Head of the Russian Federation Council International Affairs Committee Mikhail Margelov said any country pursuing an independent policy cannot be liked by all.

He stated that Russia now has its own position on key international and internal problems.

"We have disagreements with the US on certain quite important issues," Margelov said in an interview with Interfax.

He referred to the recent US intelligence report on Iran's nuclear project and added that accordingly Iran had phased out its nuclear weapons program back in 2003.

"However, even now, after the intelligence services made this report, the US hasn't changed its attitude toward Iran," Margelov said.

The Russian senator asserted that Russia would not agree with the US missile shield project in Europe.

He added that as it turns out, Iran does not have missiles threatening Europe; however, Washington would not accept a compromise on the project.

The US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report, released in early December, confirms that Tehran is not developing nuclear weaponry and reveals that the United States has been aware of this fact since 2003.

This is while Iran insists that is has never had a nuclear weapons program even before 2003.

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