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  •  Russia raps EU, US sanctions against Iran (1+ / 0-)
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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has criticised the unilateral US and EU sanctions on Iran that go beyond those approved by the UN Security Council.

    He said Russia "did not agree" to any separate sanctions when it backed a joint UN resolution last week.

    Meanwhile, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said US intelligence showed that Iran could be able to attack Europe with "scores" of missiles by 2020.

    He added that Russia seemed to have a "schizophrenic" approach to Iran.

    Moscow viewed Iran as a threat, but still pursued commercial ties with it, he told a US senate hearing in Washington.

    Western powers suspect Iran is seeking nuclear weapons - which Tehran denies.
    In an interview that ran on Thursday, the Russian leader criticised the EU and US for acting unilaterally.

    "We didn't agree to this when we discussed the joint resolution at the UN," Mr Medvedev told the Wall Street Journal.

    Russia this month agreed to back a fourth round of UN sanctions against Tehran, following months of US-led diplomacy.

    "A couple of years ago, that would have been impossible," Mr Medvedev said. "We should act collectively. If we do, we will have the desired result."

    The fresh EU sanctions approved in Brussels on Thursday include a ban on investments and technology transfers to Iran's key oil and gas industry - measures that go further than the latest UN sanctions.

    BP - Proving Oil and Water do mix.
    I want a no-drama Obama, not an emobama.
    Left's "disgruntleist" faction needs to take a chill pill.

    by amk for obama on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 04:39:51 AM PDT

    •  What the hell is Gates going on about?! (1+ / 0-)
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      Why would Iran fire "scores of missles" at Europe?  I'm sure Iran doesn't like the additional sanctions placed on them by the US and EU, but they have much bigger fish to fry in the Middle East - expanding their influence in Iraq, for instance, as we draw down our troops.  This is plain and simple fear-mongering by the SecDef, analogous to Bush and Tony Blair insisting that Iraq could bomb Britain within 20 minutes.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 05:51:27 AM PDT

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