In an interview with CNN, Dmitry Medvedev has said that Israel had promised Russia not to attack Iran, a scenario that he called ‘the worst thing that can be imagined’. The President confirmed that Israeli President ShimonPeres had made a ‘secret’ trip to Moscow. According to Ria-Novosti, the Israeli President has said that Medvedev made a promise to ‘reconsiderthe sales of S-300s because itaffects the delicate balance which exists in the Middle East’. Medvedev has said that ‘positive motivation’,should be used on Iran, rather than sanctions. The Telegraph suggests that BarackObama is hoping to forge a deal with Russia for those very sanctions at next week’s meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hopes that ‘Russia will join us in putting maximumpolitical and diplomatic pressure on Iran to stop Iran’s nuclearaspirations’.
Envoy Dmitry Rogozin has welcomed the efforts of Rasmussen regarding a ‘new beginning’ in relations as ‘very positive‘. Rasmussen has apparently suggested linking U.S., NATO and Russian missile defense systems. An op-ed piece in Moscow Times argues that such an initiative would be riddled by security and technological problems.
Apparently Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko will try to alert Barack Obama to the threat that Russia, he believes, still poses to the stability of eastern European, as evinced by the war in Georgia. Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has condemned the murder of a prominent Muslim cleric. The Guardian reports on the chilling story of disappearances in the troubled republic. See Mikhail Khordorkovsky through artists’ eye here.
PHOTO: In this photo taken on Sept. 19, 2009, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin andJean-Claude Killy, the chairman of IOC coordination commission for theSochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, look at a West Asian leopard asthey visit the National Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southernRussia. As part of the ecological program launched in preparation forSochi 2014, the park will breed the big cats and later release themback into the wild.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin)