Abraham Foxman said he sees a softening in Russiaâ€™s position regarding the Iranian nuclear threat.
The Anti-Defamation League’s national director, following meetings last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, said he believes Russia will be more willing to cooperate on the increasing crisis.
â€œBefore it was black and white,â€ said Foxman, who also met with Lavrov last year. â€œI think thereâ€™s a greater appreciation of the greater threat of the possibility of a nuclear Iran.â€
Russia, which is building a nuclear reactor in Bushehr, has defied U.S. and European Union efforts to place stricter sanctions against Iran. While the U.S. and European powers believe Iran is developing a weapons program, Russia disputes that conclusion based on what it sees as a lack of hard evidence.
â€œWhat we found is that theyâ€™re willing to test Iran, but with parameters,â€ Foxman told JTA. â€œThere are lines they are drawing.â€
While Foxman said the Russian government did discuss concrete measures it was willing to take should Iran continue to defy U.N. sanctions, he would not comment specifically on them.
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