"Tehran must understand that it cannot escape or evade the choice before it. Meet your international obligations or face the consequences."
Earlier Wednesday, the Kommersant daily quoted Russian diplomats as saying that the United States asked Russia to deliver an ultimatum to Iran, warning the Islamic Republic that it has one last chance for talks before a military strike.
According to the Russian newspaper, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in New York on Monday to tell Tehran that it has one last chance to solve the conflict peacefully by making progress in the talks with the P5+1 group - United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Otherwise, an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities will occur within months, the diplomats said.
The report in Kommersant did not give further details regarding the kind of military action the U.S. was threatening, but quoted Russian diplomats at the UN as saying they believe that it is a "matter of when, not if" Israel would strike Iran's nuclear facilities.
De Russen gaan er dus vanuit dat Israël het karwei alleen afmaakt. Mijn inschatting is dat, mocht het tot een militaire confrontatie komen Israël inderdaad de aftrap zal geven met een ferme backup van de VS in een tweede stadium.