Russia Threatens to Hit The Reset Button on Iran's Nuclear Program

Katie Pavlich

3/20/2014 8:50:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

Just days after Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian [KGB] President Vladimir Putin and his top advisors not to take new sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine "personally," Russian officials are threatening to take a step back from agreements previously made about Iran's nuclear program.

Russia reportedly is prepared to change its stand on Iran nuclear talks in a high-stakes gamble to counter expanded sanctions by the United States and the European Union over Crimea.

After the Obama administration on Monday hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions -- a move criticized by Republican lawmakers as too timid -- Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted Wednesday by the Interfax news agency as saying the country may have to alter its position on the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

The statement is the most serious threat of retaliation by Moscow since the disputed Crimea region voted to join Russia over the weekend, and Vladimir Putin's government moved to annex the peninsula.

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