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jakeXT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:45 AM
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Russia 'schizophrenic' on Iran: US defense chief

(AFP) Jun 17, 2010

WASHINGTON Russia appears to have a "schizophrenic" approach to Iran, viewing Tehran as a security threat while pursuing commercial deals with the country, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

Gates told senators Russia has for years seen Iran as a worrisome regional power.

When he met with then-president Vladimir Putin three years ago in Moscow, the Russian leader "told me that he considered Iran Russia's greatest national security threat," Gates said.

"And yet they have these commercial interests in Iran that go back more than 20 years," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Asked by a senator about the apparent contradiction, Gates said "you've just put your finger on a kind of a schizophrenic Russian approach to this."


I don't think they believe it's a security threat, but maybe they are afraid to be drawn into a conflict.
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Robert DAH Bruce Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:42 AM
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1. I still don't trust the Russians!
Don't much care for the Iranian government, either, but we should leave 'em alone. That way Ahmadinejad and (more importantly) the mullahs don't have a foreign devil to attempt to justify their iron-fist rule.
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