- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov had this to say: “We do not have information that would suggest that Iran is carrying out a non-peaceful (nuclear) program.”

One only needs to listen to the musings of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to know how preposterous Ivanov’s statement is.

While other countries distance themselves from Iran by speaking of sanctions, Russia seems to be cozying up to them even more.

One idea that has been floated in Russia is to create a gas alliance with Iran. It has also been reported that the two countries’ auto industries are making deals.

When it comes to sanctions and the U.N. Security council - where Russia has veto-power - it is almost a non-starter. How can Russia support sanctions when they are continuing to solidify their economic relationship with Iran?

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