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MOSCOW, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Potential U.S.sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program will "deal a blow" to Russian-U.S. relations, a senior Russian official said Sunday, presuming a hard-line stance before the long-waited meeting of the heads of the two states.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin is ready to talk tough to U.S. President Barack Obama on missile defence, Iran, Syria and other issues that divide the two countries when they meet on Monday on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Mexico. ››read more
A regional conference is scheduled to be held in 2012 on the establishment of a Middle East without weapons of mass destruction (WMD). At the official level, there are some positive argumentations in the West for achieving a Nuclear Free Zone (NFZ) in the Middle East at a time that the threat of war by Israel against Iran looms on the horizon. Thus, NFZ looks as a better alternative to a military option to everyone, except perhaps some Israeli officials and their supporters in the US. ››read more
Editor's note: Nasser Saghafi-Ameri is a former senior Iranian diplomat and research scholar in the fields of foreign policy, international security, and nuclear disarmament.