Janet McBride
September 12, 2008

A military solution to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions is unacceptable and there is no need at the moment for new sanctions, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

But Medvedev said Russia continued to support a diplomatic drive led by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to offer Tehran a package of incentives in return for it reining in some of its nuclear activities.

Western states are anxious that a rift between Moscow and the West over Russia’s intervention in Georgia may shatter the fragile international coalition that has been applying pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme.

“We should not take any unilateral steps. It is not acceptable to opt for a military scenario. It would be dangerous,” Medvedev told the Valdai Club, a panel of journalists and academics who specialise in Russia.

“The key is that negotiations be pursued… They have been quite positive,” Medvedev said. “We should not adopt any additional sanctions now.”

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