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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:11 AM
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Russian FM: Make Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone
Source: Reuters

Russia repeated on Saturday its call for the Middle East to be made a nuclear weapons-free zone.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing a disarmament conference after holding bilateral talks in Geneva on Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said:

"The task to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime in the Middle East remains urgent. We consistently advocate this region to become a nuclear-weapon-free zone, and eventually, a zone free from all other types of weapons of mass destruction," he said. Lavrov also called for a successor deal with the United States to their Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), saying this was a priority in 'resetting' their relations as Washington has urged.

"We are prepared, as was suggested by our American partners, to "reset" our relations ... Conclusion of a new legally-binding Russian-American treaty on strategic offensive weapons could become a priority step in that direction."


Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1069219.html
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:23 AM
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1. How about making the planet a nuclear weapons-free zone?
:think:


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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:59 AM
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3. Baby steps... n/t
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:27 AM
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2. Hope
he means no nukes in Israel as well.
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:19 PM
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5. What do you mean, "as well"?
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PFunk Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:24 PM
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7. That's what he means.
Which to me is more than just fine. And maybe it'll give a push to the US and Russia to do the same.
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Hulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:23 AM
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4. Fat chance the Zionist fascist state will give it up.
Get serious! israel is in the Middle East if I remember right?? There is no way that little bully state of fascism is going to give up their nukes....for NOBODY, not even the USA who supplies them with all the weapons they can swallow.
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:52 PM
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6. There is no chance that Iran will give up it's quest for nuclear weapons either for that matter.
If you truly want peace in the Middle East, give up your anti Israel agenda and recognize that there is a lot of fault to go around there.
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Eryemil Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:33 PM
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8. It would be easier to force Iran's hand I think. n|t
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 10:26 AM
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12. Do you have evidence of this so-called quest?

Because the U.N. didn't find any and I'm sure they would be interested in what evidence you have.
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Idealism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 12:05 AM
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9. There are places you can rant about a "fascist Zionist state."
Take that elsewhere.
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davepc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 12:49 AM
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10. How do you enforce this exactly?
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 03:44 AM
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11. The Israelis know Russia's comment is aimed at them.
As of current time, no other nation in the region has the stockpile that Israel has, and Iran is still some years away from building just one.
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