Russian military drafts options for responding to attack on Iran

Posted on February 18, 2012


MOSCOW — Russia has been preparing for the prospect of an Israeli or U.S. air strike on Iran in 2012.

Officials said the Kremlin has ordered the military to draft options for a Russian response to any foreign attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. They
said the Defense Ministry has established a facility to monitor Teheran, an ally and trading partner of Moscow.

“Iran, of course, is a sore spot,” Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said.

Makarov said Iran has become the leading focus of the Kremlin. He said the Defense Ministry has established a center to closely monitor Iran and the rest of the Middle East.

Makarov said international pressure on Iran has been growing and could be followed by military action. He said the current sanctions on Teheran could lead to a confrontation in mid-2012.

World News Tribune

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