Threatening Iran with harsh new sanctions to advance negotiations over its nuclear program would be “counterproductive,” Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday, throwing cold water on Obama hopes that Russia had been persuaded to cooperate with its effort to intensify the global pressure on Tehran.
Putin has played Obama like a fiddle conning him to coallapse on the ballistic missile shield in Poland, the Czech Republic and surrended on the Okraine and delivered a diplomatic slap in the face.
Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said after meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Moscow that diplomacy should be given a chance to work, particularly after a meeting in Geneva this month in which the Iranian government said it would allow United Nations inspectors to visit a clandestine nuclear enrichment facility near the holy city of Qum. Few expect anything productive to come of the IAEA inspection at Qum, and see this development as another win for Iran as it our maneuvers Obama on its nuclear weapons program.
It is expected that China will follow Russia’s play and that virtually ends any meaningful chance of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Trying the brush the tire tracks off her pants suit Clinton tried to keep a stiff upper lip saying, “In the absence of any significant progress, we will be seeking to rally international opinion behind additional sanctions.” According to the New York Times Clinton then insisted tehn U. S. did not make any specific requests of Russia at the meeting. But a day earlier, a senior official traveling with her said the United States would be looking for “specific forms of pressure” that Russia would be prepared to back.
Once again Obama pushed Hillary under the bus and made her look inept and silly, and Hillary willingly fell for it.