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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Russia Strengthening its Iran Connection

niacINsight writes:

Russia’s growing alliance with Iran will undoubtedly influence the nuclear debate. Russia is the only permanent Security Council member that openly rejected new sanctions on Iran starting in September 2008. “We think [more sanctions are] not timely, we think that more discussions are necessary with the Iranians and that there is still room for diplomacy here,” said Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin on September 26, 2008.

Russia quickly congratulated Ahmadinejad on his contested win of the Presidency in Iran this June, while the United States has delayed recognizing the election results. Russia is now strategically partnering with Iran, while the United States is debating whether to go ahead with diplomacy or to press for more sanctions. If the Russian trend continues, though, the United States will continue to find an unwilling partner in its pursuit of additional Security Council pressure on Iran in the months ahead.

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