Russia warns West over Iran tension

December 1, 2011 17:15

MOSCOW - Increasing tensions and Western pressure are undermining the chances Iran will cooperate with efforts to ensure it is not seeking nuclear weapons, Russia said on Thursday.

"We speak out categorically against cranking up a spiral of tension and confrontation on issues linked with Iran. We believe that this ... is fraught with severe consequences," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a news briefing.

Lukashevich said the storming of Britain's embassy in Tehran on Tuesday could not be justified.

"The increasing tensions in relations with Tehran is essentially blocking the renewal of talks" between Iran and six global powers leading efforts to ensure Iran abides by commitments not to seek nuclear arms, he said.

Lukashevich said Tehran was not answering the world's questions about its nuclear program but suggested the West deserved much of the blame for the growing tensions.

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