France’s warns to use force in Iran and unilateral sanctions to punish Tehran for its nuclear program were criticized by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.
"We are convinced that no modern problem has a military solution, and that applies to the Iranian nuclear program as well," Lavrov said after talks with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
"We are seriously concerned about increasingly frequent reports that miltary action against Iran is being seriously considered," Lavrov added.
Kouchner, who is on his first trip to Moscow as foreign minister, made waves over the weekend by saying the international community must be prepared for the possibility of war in the event that Iran obtains atomic weapons.
Germany continues the discussion about the completion and commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. For the time being, it is too early to ascertain that the opponents of the project are gaining the upper hand