No change to Putin's Iran schedule-Kremlin

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MOSCOW, Oct 14 (Reuters) The Kremlin said today it was unaware of any changes in Russian President Vladimir Putin's plans to visit Tehran this week, following reports that a plot was being prepared there to assassinate him.

''We do not have any information about any changes,'' Kremlin deputy spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters by telephone from Tehran. ''The preparations are continuing for President Putin to take part in the Caspian summit (in Tehran),'' he said.

Peskov said he was unable to confirm the existence of a plot but said Putin had been briefed on the reports. ''The information is being dealt with by the secret services .... The president has been informed,'' said Peskov.

Russia's Interfax news agency, citing unnamed sources, said on Sunday suicide bombers and kidnappers were preparing to kill or capture Putin when he visits Tehran this week for a summit of Caspian Sea states.

Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the report as totally baseless and said it was designed to undermine Iranian-Russian relations.

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