Hillary Clinton Delivers Obama Threat to Iran Through Russia's Lavrov
March 15, 2012 • 8:58AM

The Russian press, starting with Kommersant and then picked up by Russia Today and IVAR-TASS, all report that on Monday in New York City, right after the meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, to deliver a message to Iran that Tehran has one last chance for talks. If it is wasted, an attack will happen in a matter of months. According to all three Russian media, the attack will happen before year's end. The Russian diplomat who was the source of the story said that Washington, i.e., Obama, has given Tehran one last chance to solve the conflict peacefully and wants Moscow to deliver the message. Iran has to make progress with the P5+1 group, which consists of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. The negotiations between Iran and the Sextet are scheduled for April.

In the new Kommersant article, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was also quoted on the far-reaching consequences of an Iran war. Ryabkov urged against thinking in terms of any "last chance" to avert such a war. "There is never a last chance," Ryabkov told Kommersant. "It all depends on political will, and Russia is doing everything possible to keep that will from disappearing; rather, to strengthen it." At the same time, Ryabkov warned that "The situation is escalating in very specific ways. The conclusion from this is just one thing: those who are tempted to use military force need to get a grip on themselves and seek diplomatic solutions. War will not solve any problems, but will create a million new ones and will come with grave consequences for many countries."

Today in his press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama made it very clear that the message delivered to Lavrov by Hillary Clinton was from him. Obama said: "And I have sent a message very directly to them publicly that they need to seize this opportunity of negotiations with the P5 + 1 to avert even worse consequences for Iran in the future.... the window for solving this issue diplomatically is shrinking."