RUSSIAN EXPERT SAYS U.S. ATTACK ON IRAN WOULD LEAD TO CATASTROPHE

MAY 1 2006

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Attempts to use force in solving Iran’s nuclear problem may lead to a catastrophe, the chairperson of Russia’s Commerce and Industry Chamber said.

Speaking in Tel Aviv at a meeting with Israeli businessmen, Yevgeny Primakov quoted by RIA-Novosti news agency called for political settlement of the crisis around Iran.

Primakov added that Russia is in no way interested in a nuclear state near its borders.

“The questions is how we can prevent it. If someone is proposing use of force, it is counterproductive. It may lead to catastrophic consequences. Therefore, it is necessary to find political solutions. Is it difficult to find them? No doubt. But one must aim at it,” Primakov said.

He added that the issue connected with Iran’s uranium enrichment at the Russian territory was still open and that negotiations should be continued.

“The main thing is to evade use of force against Iran because (otherwise) it would throw not only the region back, it would throw the whole East back, I think. One should not trifle wth this,” Primakov said.

Yevgeny Primakov was Russia’s Prime Minister since September 1998 until May 1999. He was regarded as a compromise figure between Yeltsin’s government and Communist opposition.

During the Soviet era, Primakov was director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences (1977-1985) and director in the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (until 1989).

 

In 1989, he was appointed chairman of one of two houses of the Soviet parliament. He served as Gorbachev’s special envoy to Iraq in the run-up to the Gulf War, in which capacity he held talks with President Saddam Hussein.

 

 In 1991, after the coup against Gorbachev failed, he was appointed First Deputy Chairman of the KGB.

In modern Russia, Primakov worked as director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (1991-1996), and as foreign minister (1996-1998).

 

He strongly but pragmatically supported Russia’s interests and was an opponent of NATO’s expansion into the former Eastern bloc. He promoted Russia, China and India as a “strategic triangle” to counterbalance the United States.

 

 

 

 

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