From the AP
Putin warns against attacks on Iran
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
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. It was a clear reference to long-standing rumors that the U.S. was planning to use Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, as a staging ground for any possible military action against Iran.
"We are saying that no Caspian nation should offer its territory to third powers for use of force or military aggression against any Caspian state," Putin said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also underlined the need for solidarity.
"The Caspian Sea is an inland sea and it only belongs to the Caspian states, therefore only they are entitled to have their ships and military forces here," he said.
A State Department spokesman, Tom Casey, said the United States is not planning military action against Iran.
"We are pursuing a diplomatic course with respect to Iran that includes with respect to its nuclear program as well as with respect to its support for terrorism and other issues that are out there," he said.
Putin refused to set a date for the start-up of Iran's first nuclear power plant, to be built by Russia.
"I only gave promises to my mom when I was a small boy," Putin told Iranian reporters, when asked whether he could promise that the plant that Russia is building would be launched before his term ends next May.
At the same time, he said, "We are not going to renounce our obligations."
Hmm. Where have I seen this before?
Nuclear states with imperial ambitions?
Taking a rooting, tampering interest in countries with strategically valuable resources?
Counties which can trade geopolitical importance for power and prestige, and through which their dominant partner nations can carry out a cold, proxy war at a safe distance?
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