Putin deplores Iranian attacks on Israel

Russia's President Vladimir Putin warned against hastily imposing sanctions on Iran, but in a rare note of criticism he has also deplored Iranian calls for the destruction of Israel, according to remarks released by the Kremlin on Tuesday. Putin, speaking on Saturday at a meeting with foreign political scholars, said that additional consultations were necessary to decide whether to proceed with sanctions on Iran over its uranium enrichment program. "It would be better if we can avoid any sanctions altogether," Putin said in remarks which were posted on the Kremlin Web site. He said that Russia and other nations were urging Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment effort, but added that the Iranians have the right to acquire state-of-the art technologies.