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Night Watch: BUSHEHR – As Moscow completes preparations for war with Tehran some Russian nuclear experts and technicians are already leaving the long delayed Iran nuclear project at Bushehr on the Persian Gulf. Tehran contracted the Russian company Atomstroyexport to construct the nuclear production facility twelve years ago in 1995. But that was the second year of World War III and it was no secret Tehran and probably Ankara were actively supporting Islamic units fighting Moscow in the northern Caucasus in and around Chechnya, with Russia being defeated the following year due to the enormous corruption in the Yeltsin administration. So of course Moscow kept finding reasons to slow down the project’s completion schedule. [RIA]
The project was supposed to be the “flagship of Russian-Iranian cooperation.” But now the director of the project, Vladimir Pavlov is saying to RIA, “The lack of clear measures in the current conditions may lead to project delays. We cannot wait for Iran’s decision any longer. The postponement of financing will have irreversible consequences.” The situation won’t be clear until later this year when, if Russia’s military offensive against Tbilisi is successful enough in ending Turkey-Iran’s support of Georgia in its ongoing military standoff with Moscow, then construction-cooperation can be resumed. In the meantime the press secretary for the Russia Nuclear Power Agency, Sergei Novikov stated, “We have registered an outflow of specialists from Iran, and some subcontractors are refusing to supply equipment for the NPP.” (Nuclear Power Project) [RIA]
Moscow is saying, as diplomatically as possible, Tehran has enough nuclear warheads for its Shahab missiles already. Iran’s nuclear weapons program was revived 21 years ago. It employs the Russian scientists who went south when the Cold War ended in 1990 and they work in underground facilities constructed by the San Francisco based engineering firm going through its London branch office to avoid the U. S. embargo against Iran. CNN showed the London office invited to Iran the day after the Gulf War ended in 1991. Dr. Henry Kissinger warned about the arrangement on the Sunday news program This Week as the Gulf War was ending. This is the year Tehran finds out how accurate the missiles and their guidance systems are.
Since Tehran hates the West and India more than Russia then most of the missiles will be launched at them. Concerning Israel, Tehran will commit some cast off military relgious fanactics in support of Syria. Iran’s way of opposing Russia is to continue to support Islamic groups and governments in the Caucasus opposed to Russia like Georgia in the hope Moscow will again be defeated as it was in the mid-1990s. But with the serious economic and military reforms under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is in a much better position to confront any move Iran can make and with Moscow receiving the complete support of the industrialized world, which has got to have easy access to the strategic resources in the Caucasus – Caspian region. That is why Berlin airlifted hundreds of pounds of enriched uranium to Russia late last year and why Washington sent the Pentagon Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace to Russia in late October. The Pentagon may have plans to provide Russia with air support.
Moscow-Tehran will merge their foreign policies after the war as they also increase their economic cooperation.