The head of Russia’s National Security Council says the threat of a U.S. military attack is “very real” and maintains that the U.S. will do everything in its power to change the Iranian regime.
In a interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant on January 12, Nikolai Patrushev said: “Israel is provoking the United States in order to intensify conflicts with Iran.”
He said the U.S. views Iran as its “major problem” and “there is real danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran.”
Patrushev said that the United States will make every effort to turn Iran from an “enemy state” into a “partner.”
Patrushev dismissed statements about growing evidence that Iran’s nuclear program has military dimensions, saying: “For years we have been hearing that Iran has military ambitions in its nuclear program, but no one has been able to prove such a thing.”
Russian has been insisting that all issues concerning Iran’s nuclear program should only be dealt with through negotiations and diplomatic talks.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has also spoken out against using “uncalculated steps and extreme measures as obstacles to creating the conditions for dialogue.”
Russian has also suggested a step-by-step plan to clear up all concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear activities.
The West, however, has begun increasing sanctions against Iran in an attempt to force an end to Iran’s uranium-enrichment activities.
Iran insists that its uranium-enrichment program is only used for medicine and nuclear power. Therefore, it refuses to back down.