Russia Won't Step Up Pressure on Iran

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Russia will not step up pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program despite Israel's urgings.

In a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin showed no sign of giving in to Netanyahu's urgings to work with the international community.

Putin agreed, however, that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose an enormous threat to Israel and to the world at large, telling reporters that he and Netanyahu "spoke in detail about the Syria issue and about the Iranian nuclear program."

"I would like to stress again that the negotiations were detailed and very effective," Putin said.

"I'm convinced that the cooperation between Russia and Israel will develop later as well and this matter certainly meets the demands and interests of both states in the region and in the world at large."

"My visit here reinforced the assumption that we have friendly relations and these are not just friendly relations. This is a solid basis for building dialogue and partnership," Putin said.

Netanyahu told reporters while Israel agrees that "unclear weapons in the hands of Iran pose a grave danger…two things need to be done now: We need to bolster sanctions and bolster the demands."

Netanyahu also said Iran must stop enriching uranium and dismantle the underground facility near Qom.

Russia opposes U.N. sanctions against Iran in the Security Council.

After a third round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 - U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany -- yielded no breakthroughs, E.U. Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton suspended talks indefinitely.

Ashton said that if talks set for July 3 in Istanbul between technical experts found some common ground, they would reconsider resuming negotiations with Iran.

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