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Tue Jul 14 13:06:13 CDT 2009

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Russia says no Iran sanctions for START deal: report
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not agree to tougher sanctions against  
Iran over its nuclear program in exchange for a new nuclear arms cuts  
deal with Washington, Interfax news agency quoted a foreign ministry  
source as saying Tuesday.

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama's nuclear adviser suggested  
that progress on a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms pact could help persuade  
Moscow to be more cooperative on Iran.

"There are no reasons to link these issues or count on Russia being  
more cooperative in toughening sanctions against Iran if there is  
progress in talks with the United States on further cuts in strategic  
offensive weapons," the source said.

Russia is negotiating a new nuclear arms cuts deal with the United  
States to replace the 1991 START-1 pact, which expires in December. It  
is also involved in international efforts to persuade Iran to give up  
its uranium enrichment program.

The sharp tone of the Russian comments contrasted with the positive  
mood that dominated last week during Obama's visit to Moscow aimed at  
"resetting" thorny bilateral ties.

Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev committed themselves  
during the talks to working on the new START pact despite outstanding  
disagreements over U.S. plans to deploy elements of an anti-missile  
system in Europe.

Obama has said that the European elements of the missile shield will  
not be needed if Iran halts what the West argues is a military program  
to create its own nuclear bomb.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council,  
has been reluctant to allow strong sanctions against Iran and has  
praised Obama for promising to pursue direct dialogue with Iranian  

Obama's special assistant for arms control, Gary Samore, made his  
comments about the potential for a change in Russia's stance at  
London's International Institute for Strategic Studies last week.

"If we make concessions on strategic nuclear issues the Russians are  
much more willing to be cooperative when it comes to Iran," Samore  
told experts.

A Kremlin source told Reuters that the exchange of remarks over START  
and Iran did not indicate any change in the overall atmosphere of  
Russia-U.S. contacts.

"It was nothing more than an exchange of remarks over a specific  
suggestion," the source said.

(Writing by Oleg Shchedrov; Editing by Lin Noueihed)

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