Lieberman plays down military option

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Israel’s strategic affairs minister played down the desirability of military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program.”The last thing Israel is interested in is an escalation or some military action against Iran,” Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday after meeting Russian officials in Moscow. Lieberman, who was born in the former Soviet Union, was updated about Russia’s views on Iran’s atomic aspirations. “Without going into details, I’d like to say I’m leaving feeling more optimistic than when I came,” he said. “I think Russia has a correct view of the situation.” Russia, like China, is widely perceived as reluctant to join U.S.-led efforts to impose sanctions on Iran to persuade it to halt uranium enrichment, a key step in making nuclear weapons. Russia has become a major trading partner and defense supplier to Iran.

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