Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his visiting Tunisian counterpart Rafik Abdessalem in Moscow, June 28, 2012.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against the ‘catastrophic’ ramifications of any military aggression against Iran and underscored the role of diplomacy to resolve the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy issue.
“Russia and Tunisia stress the importance of resolving Iran's nuclear energy issue through diplomatic channels,” Lavrov said in a joint press conference with Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem in Moscow on Thursday.
Both Moscow and Tunis urge negotiations to settle issues pertaining to Iran's nuclear energy program, he added.
We believe that any possible military scenario will be catastrophic for the entire region, the Russian minister pointed out.
Lavrov’s remarks came a few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the Israeli regime against the consequences of military action against Iran, urging Tel Aviv to think well before doing things that it 'will regret later.'
"Look at what happened to the Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. I told [US president Barack] Obama the same thing," Putin said in a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on Monday.
The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike in an attempt to force the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear energy program, which has been closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran has strongly rejected the Western publicity campaign that its nuclear program may be diverted to military objectives, while insisting that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to pursue nuclear technology for its numerous civilian purposes.