Thursday, May 13, 2010

Russia Warns U.S. Against Unilateral Iran Sanctions

The Russians made their position on any against Iran's illegal nuclear program very clear today:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States and other Western nations on Thursday against imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Interfax news agency reported.

The European Union has said it may impose unilateral sanctions if a U.N. Security Council resolution fails.

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has been lobbying Western companies not to do business with Iran, but has not imposed sanctions against them.

Countries facing Security Council sanctions "cannot under any circumstances be the subject of one-sided sanctions imposed by one or other government bypassing the Security Council", Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"The position of the United States today does not display understanding of this absolutely clear truth."

Russia is in talks with the United States and other U.N. Security Council members on a fourth round of sanctions. Moscow has indicated it could support broader sanctions but has stressed they must not harm the Iranian people.

Washington has not publicly warned of unilateral sanctions but has made clear it wants tougher measures than veto-wielding Security Council member Russia is likely to accept.

Permanent Security Council member China has joined Russia in opposing Washington's plans to impose tough, wide-ranging sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its refusal to suspend sensitive uranium enrichment activity and open up fully to U.N. nuclear inspections.

Translation? The Russians will only sign on to watered down sanctions via the UN that are meaningless and do not interdict sales of gasoline and refined petroleum products to the mullahs. They won't comply with any other sanctions, and probably won't even comply with the watered down ones.

It's also a signal that the Russians are going to continue working with Iran to strengthen its defenses of its nuclear facilities.

Add that to Obama's farcical nuclear summit, his release of America's classified nuclear secrets and the Russian's recent nuke deals with Syria and Turkey and you begin to get a picture of how bad the epic fail in Washington really is.

So much for that `reset button'.

We unfortunately have a clueless amateur in the White House. And we're going to continue to suffer for it.

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B.Poster said...

If the Russians aren't going to support sanctions against Iran, which we knew they wouldn't, then there is no use in pursuing this. Russia is the most powerful nation on earth right now. Without them on board no sanctions against Iran can work. There is nothing we can offer them to get them on board and there is nothing we can threaten them with.

What can be done? There is really on one viable option as I see it. Redeploy ALL American forces to defensible positions along the borders. Should Russia, China, or others choose to threaten us it will be difficult for us but at least we will have a fighting chance of defending our country.

I doubt American nuclear secrets are of much use to the Russians. After all there nuclear weapons program is far ahead of ours. I hpope somehow this transfer of knowledge went both ways but I doubt it.

louielouie said...

i never thought i'd see it happen.
i actually see that ff has posted erroneous information.
not in the essay, in the photo.
the phrase begins with "i'm sorry".
i have a question;
when have you ever known hussein to apologize for anything?
when have you ever known hussein to accept responsibility for any action?
ok, that's two questions.