Olmert: Russia doesn’t want a nuclear Iran

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
On the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that he believes Russia does not wish for a nuclear Iran. He added that Russia understands that the Iranian threat is not only a threat to the existence of Israel but a danger to the entire world.

“I come to Russia not with the mindset of sanctions against Iran, but with thoughts of how to prevent the Iranians from gaining nuclear military capabilities,” Olmert said.

Olmert also spoke about the possible spillage of nuclear technologies from Russia to Iran, and said he was unaware of any such threat.

Olmert also praised the massive efforts of Russia to bring to the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. He said that President Putin even sent a special delegation to Damascus in an effort to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad to bring to the release of Shalit and to relay a message to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal that Russia has a vested interest in releasing Shalit unharmed.

One burning issue which will be dealt with in the meeting is the issue of Russian weapons getting to the hands of Hizballah. According to Olmert, President Putin promised in the past that Israel will not be harmed by Russia.

Before the visit, Russia had announced that they have decided to increase the supervision on arms exports. In addition, the Russians revealed that they demanded to remove a Syrian general who was responsible for transferring Russian weapons to Hizballah.

During the latest war in Lebanon, many of the hits inflicted on Israeli forces came at the hands of Russian made weapons, including state-of-the-art anti-tank missiles, which found their way from Syria into Lebanon.

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