October 15, 2007

Putin pledged to negotiate with Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the international community in their nuclear standoff, although he didn't come to Tehran as scheduled amid warnings of a possible assassination plot. Putin's planned trip, the first here by a Kremlin leader since World War II, raised hopes that personal diplomacy could find a solution to the impasse over the Iranian nuclear program, but he delayed his arrival, which had been set for Monday evening. The Russian leader insisted to reporters in Germany that he was going ahead with the trip, but the Kremlin declined to discuss details. The official Iranian news agency said that Putin had only put off his trip by several hours and would be in Tehran early Tuesday in time for a Caspian region summit.

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