Moscow to Tehran: Don't test our patience
One of Russia's former prime ministers, Yevgeni Primakov, also known as the "desert fox" for his role in shaping Moscow's policies on the Middle East, has issued a stern warning to Iran on the growing nuclear tension out of Tehran. Following this, Iran announced that the planned meetings with Russia regarding the enrichment of Iranian uranium in Russia had been postponed. Immediately prior to Tehran's announcement of the postponed meetings, Primakov said in a statement to the Interfax news agency, "Iran should know that Russia and China are about to run out of patience."
Speaking about the situation concerning Iran, Primakov, who is currently the head of the Russian Foreign Trade Bureau, said "As Russia, we are in a sensitive position. We defend the right of Iran to have peaceful nuclear atomic technology. We advice that as a guarantee of the fact that they won't use this technology for weapons, that the enriched uranium for their use be produced in Russia under joint control and inspection. This is a way out of the crisis for Iran. Recognizing this, Tehran should accept Russia's offer, which still stands."