Olmert makes Iran threat during Moscow visit
Israel will not allow a situation in which Iran gains access to unconventional weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. "We don't have the privilege to allow a situation in which Iran has the capability for unconventional weapons," he said, according to Haaretz.
He also told the Russian leader that Moscow must exert its influence to help solve the international standoff surrounding Iran's nuclear program.
"Russia has a central and very important role in the world, especially with regard to the nuclear standoff which is worrying us all," Olmert said in his opening remarks to the Russian president.
On his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that international action over Tehran's nuclear development must be in proportion to the real situation in Iran, which he added does not appear to include a threat to peace and security. "It is necessary to act on Iran but that action should be in direct proportion to what is really happening," the RIA news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.