Russian leader Vladimir Putin said today that Russia opposes Iran developing nuclear-weapons capability.
“We’re not interested in Iran becoming a nuclear power,” Putin said. “It would lead to greater risks to international stability.” [Bloomberg, 26 February].
Putin’s statement followed recent Kremlin declarations on the subject. On 15 February, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the progess made by Iran’s nuclear program is “more alarming for Russia than for many other countries.” [Bloomberg].