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'Military strike on Iran will lead to problems'

Written by: Staff

Moscow, May 11: Russia today warned any military strikes against Iran would aggravate the problems within and outside West Asia.

''We think any military strikes in Iran is fraught with consequences that would explode the situation inside and outside the region,'' Secretary to the Russian Security Council Igor Ivanov told reporters.

Mr Ivanov said Russia had always supported for a political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem.

''The most effective solution is based on consensus at the UN Security Council,'' he said, adding, ''We are currently holding rather complicated talks to reach a mutual understanding at the Council." He said there were no major differences between Security Council members as they all supported consolidation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and prevention of the formation of new nuclear powers.

''We may face tactical differences regarding how we should act,'' Mr Ivanov said.

The US, Britain and France are pushing for a new militarily enforceable UN Security Council resolution to pressurise Iran to abandon its controversial nuclear programme.

Russia and China say the issue should be resolved within the framework of IAEA through diplomacy.

On NATO expansion to the east, near the Russian borders, Mr Ivanov said Russia saw no political or military reasons for its enlargement.

''As for the possible enlargement of NATO, particularly into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) space, I think there are no political or military reasons for doing that,'' he added.


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