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TEHRAN, Iran - Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said countries bordering the Caspian Sea must jointly back any oil pipeline projects in the region.
At a summit of the five nations that border the inland Caspian Sea, Putin said none of the nations' territory should be used by any outside countries for use of military force against any nation in the region.
In Iran, Putin Warns Against Military Action
By NAZILA FATHI and C.J. CHIVERS
Published: October 17, 2007
TEHRAN, Oct. 16 — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia told a summit meeting of five Caspian Sea nations in Iran on Tuesday that any use of military force in the region was unacceptable, and in a declaration the countries agreed that none of them would allow their territories to be used as a base for military strikes against any of the others.
“We should not even think of making use of force in this region,” Mr. Putin said.
Mr. Putin’s comments and the declaration come at a time when the United States has refused to rule out military action to halt Iran’s nuclear energy program, which it believes masks a desire to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its program, including the enrichment of uranium, is solely for peaceful purposes.
Asked about Mr. Putin’s remarks, Tony Fratto, the deputy White House press secretary, played them down, saying simply, “That sounds like a good policy.”
Originally posted by Equinox99
For some people who don't know, Caspian Sea, it has 5 nations around it. Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, and Turkmenistan. An oil discovery was made in the Caspian Sea, it was pretty big about 50 billion berrels.
Originally posted by uberarcanist
China and Russia are but bit players in any potential conflict between America and Iran. IF (this is a big if, because I will argue that this conflict will never happen because of the disastrous consequences) a conflict happens, the main combatants will be Israel and the Shia armies. It's shockingly obvious that the main party who wants anyone to go to war with Iran is Israel, the Shia know this and will slaughter Israel if Iran gets attacked. They have piles of conventional weapons, Israel is a small country, it would not long survive an all-out onslaught by the Shia armies. Sure, there would be piles of Shia dead at the end of the day, but Israel would be out of the picture.
I am convinced that Iran's ultimate goal is Israel's surrender, they want to take their time with this, but I do not think that they will hesitate to "advance the timetable" on this if attacked.