Russia, China back Iran’s nuclear energy program in SCO

Moscow has issued a statement supporting Tehran’s right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and will shore up its efforts to ensure the international recognition of Iran’s right.


Foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov noted that the issue will also be discussed during a Thursday meeting of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Beijing.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Christopher Walker, political analyst from London, to further discuss the issue.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: When we look at the Russian stance through Vladimir Putin, it’s for Iran’s nuclear program but, at the same time, it is a message to the West because behind that are a whole host of issues like the use of threat against Iran and the West’s adventurism in the Middle East in terms of trying to go after governments. There’s multiple meetings behind this stance isn’t there?

Walker: There is. It’s a very significant timing. Russia and China haven’t always got on but at the moment they seem to be forming a very close new relationship to oppose the West. As you say rightly, this covers a whole host of issues.

This is a very tough statement today about the absolute right that Iran has to use nuclear energy. It comes very closely on a warning from the Secretary of the Russian Security Council against any consequences of an Israeli military strike and also ahead of further talks in June, that’s later this month, about the nuclear issue.

I think there’s two things that are significant, the strength of the remarks and the timing because don’t forget overhanging this particular moment is the Syrian issue.

Russia and China have formed a very firm alliance against threatened Western intervention. It’s suddenly become a very strong new friendship and it centers around that Shanghai Cooperation Organization which, of course, is a strong international body that does not have American representation. So in a way, it is able to act on its own policy initiatives.

Press TV: That comes to the dismay of the United States because of, as you said, no American representation. Of course, Iran does have its rights regarding its civilian nuclear program; but the fact that Russia is behind Iran, do you think there will be any chances that this will make the negotiations to prove “resultful”, to be better?

Walker: I think so because it’s going to make it even more difficult for — when I say the West it will be Israel and America — if they were to attack Iran they’re going to be very much coming up against Russia on that point. I think that could be a deterrent military thinking. It won’t stop it, but it could give an important boost to further diplomatic efforts.

This Russia, China linkup has to be seen in historical terms. They haven’t always been friendly. They don’t agree on everything particularly on some energy matters but here they are on a very central issue taking a joint agreement in front of the world.

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