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Germany and Russia agree on Iran sanctions

DDP/The Local · 5 Jun 2010, 13:54

Published: 05 Jun 2010 13:54 GMT+02:00

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Speaking at the end of two days of meetings in Meseberg near Berlin, Merkel said the two countries would be working together on the matter.

“This is a joint position,” she said. “Concern about the Iranian nuclear programme is growing.”

The UN Security Council could soon decide on sanctions if Iran rejects an offer of help in enriching nuclear material for power generation, in return for closing its own enrichment operations.

Medvedev said an international consensus on the matter was important. “Either we all stand together or we drift off in different directions, and that would be wrong,” he said.

He said it would nonetheless be best to reach agreement with Iran without having to impose sanctions. “We hope that the Iranian leadership will listen to the voice of the international community,” he said.

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On other matters, Merkel also assured Medvedev she would work on the issue of visa-free travel between the European Union and Russia.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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03:29 June 6, 2010 by wetdawg~
EU and The RUSS should just get it over with and wipe Iran off of the face of the Earth...sooner or later it will happen anyway...I suppose everyone is waiting for the Jews to do it...avoid blame at all costs.
09:52 June 6, 2010 by wenddiver
LOL, that won't happem until an Iranian nuke comes down in Germany or Russia. Maybe they will give a nuke to their Mulim brothers in Chechneya. Either way Europe and Russia will probably move to slowly to avoid war.
11:12 June 6, 2010 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
What a dirty game power seeking International Politics has always been and may it some day cease to be. One should not throw stones when you live in a glass house. The U.S. and it's band of merry followers, does not espouse the voice of reason...
15:42 June 6, 2010 by Mansouri
You are too optimistic about russians, do not forget the history, russia will never be ur true friend. Iran never helped for Chechnya, and I would not call them muslim brothers because Iranians are shias, who oppress the sunni muslims in its own country. If ur prognoses happens then Iran might do something out of their anger, but not like brothers.
18:38 June 7, 2010 by Beachrider
The Russians are certainly on of the big-two, little-one providers of Nuclear Technology/Supplies to the Iranians (China and North Korea are the others). I don't see a nexus between the Iran and Chechnya/Al-Qaeda.

Getting the Russians to agree would be a nice-part of establishing appropriate power-relationships between Iran and Russia. I don't really see the German piece, unless they are proxying for EU or USA.
20:30 June 7, 2010 by Major B
Germany just may get that UN security council seat yet.

"The US and its merry followers" Hannibal-Barca? Oh yeah, and according to the Iranian President, the Holocaust did not take place. Are you a "merry follower" of that "voice of reason?"
21:46 June 7, 2010 by Mansouri

Chechnya/Al-Qaeda?? you must be kidding or not enough matured. What Chechnya has to do with Al-Qaida? What is the relations? What proof do you have?
23:33 June 7, 2010 by Beachrider

I didn't anticipate resistance on the association between Chechen independence fighters and Al-qaeda. USA Today (not a heavy agenda paper) and many international press groups have cited this linkage.

Chechens were found dead while fighting alongside Al-qaeda units in the early-days of the NATO/Northern Alliance fighting in Afghanistan.
09:45 June 8, 2010 by Mansouri

Chechnya and Chechen fighter has nothing to do with Al-Qaida. I also heard from the news that some Chechens were fighting alongside with Al-Qaida, but it is pure propaganda. There is no evidence of finding any Chechen among this terrorist group. Chechnya itself is occupied by russians, and needs help from outside.
10:58 June 8, 2010 by pjtaipale
Mansouri: if Chechen fighters have nothing to do with Al-Waida, then what was Abu Hafs al-Urduni doing in Chechnya? Or the other "emirs"?

The link of Chechnya and Al-Qaida extremists is not entirely unknown even to the German justice system: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2372971.stm

I do agree that you shouldn't believe everything the Russians say, but I have little doubt that there have been Muslim Arab extremists, connected to the "base network", involved in Chechnya.
20:50 June 10, 2010 by Beachrider
You can't call it propaganda when the accounts have been verified. Al-qaeda isn't driving all Chechen activity, but they are at-the-table.

You can sympathize with the Chechens, but understand that they have made certain decisions with respect to association with Al-qaeda.

I don't like agreeing with Putin, either, but this one is true.

Move on with this.
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