Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on a plane on his way back from the G8 Summit in Camp David that the West was still considering military action against Iran over its nuclear program.
"It is one of many various signals coming from various sources that the military option is considered as realistic and possible," Ryabkov said. "We are receiving signals, both through public and intelligence channels, that this option is now being reviewed in some capitals as more applicable in this situation… We are very worried about this. We do not want the region and the world to fall into new divisions and bitter political arguments," he added [Reuters, 20 May].
Ryabbkov also said Russia had drafted a set of proposals, without going into details, for the Baghdad talks taking place on Wednesday between Iran and the six major powers. He said Iran needs to restore international confidence on the peaceful nature of its nuclear program and must be presented with incentives on cooperation as well.
"Practical results are needed that can be shown to the international community as evidence that we are moving forward," Ryabkov said.
Source: Reuters, 20 May 2012