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Russian Gen-Staff Chief: West may strike Iran by summer

MOSCOW – Russia’s top military boss says an attack against Iran, which the west suspects of developing nuclear weapons, could begin as early as summer, the Russian media reported yesterday.  The situation surrounding Iran’s controversial nuclear program is likely to come to a head by the summer, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Nikolai Makarov said, Ria Novosti informs. Washington, which suspects Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb, says that no options have been taken off the table. “Iran, of cause, is a sore spot. Some kind of decision should be taken, probably nearer to summer,” Makarov said. Russia’s Defense Ministry is monitoring the situation in Iran and the entire Middle East from a recently created situation center, he said. “We used to have a general on duty at each main command. Now we have created a situation center that receives all the necessary information in real time,” Makarov said. If Makarov is correct in his estimations, the situation in the region – overwhelmed as it is with political crises and war – could spin rapidly out of control, Russia Today says.

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