Rivlin and Margelov 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Knesset)
Russia must stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Knesset Speaker Reuven
Rivlin on Monday told Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the Federation Council of Russia.
Margelov and a delegation
of Russian senators visited the Knesset for a joint meeting with the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Rivlin told the group that Iran
sees Israel as the symbol of Islam’s war with the West, and that the world must
take Tehran’s threats seriously.
He added that a nuclear Iran is a danger
not only for Israel, but for the entire world.
“I have no doubt that
Russia has the power to stop Iran’s nuclear armament,” Rivlin said. “Even if
there is an economic price, you cannot aid Islamic fundamentalists who say they
seek to erase Israel from the map.”
Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz
(Kadima) said that Israel is unsatisfied with Russia’s policies on Iran and it
must make a change.
Mofaz also discussed Syria, saying that President
Bashar Assad massacres the country’s citizens daily and his rule is coming to an
end. He expressed concern about weapons being sent from Russia to Syria, which
he said harms Israel’s security, and called on Russia to protect the regional
balance of power.
Margelov responded that terror and fundamentalism put
the whole world in danger, and that Russia does not want a nuclear Iran. At the
same time, he said “Eastern chess is just as important as the West’s punches,”
in reference to his country’s refusal to sanction Tehran.
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