Berlin, Oct 15, IRNA - Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed again his commitment to visit Iran despite vague western media reports about an imminent "assassination plot".
Speaking at a news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the German-Russian government consultations in the southwestern German city of Wiesbaden, Putin said, "Of course, I will go to Iran." "If I were to heed all the reports about threats and recommendations of security officials, I might as well stay home," the Russian president added.
Putin is due to take part in a summit of leaders of Caspian Sea littoral states in Tehran to kick off Tuesday.
"To intimidate someone or to create fear within Iran's leadership and the Iranian nation is absolutely futile. Believe me, they (Iranians) have no fear," said Putin during a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the southwestern city of Wiesbaden.
The Russian leader urged "patience" for a diplomatic and peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear row.
He stressed that such a resolution can be achieved through "dialogue with Iranian leadership and the Iranian nation".
Putin expressed hope for "positive" results in the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
Meanwhile, Merkel reiterated that Germany and Russia were both interested in a settlement of the Iranian nuclear conflict.
Moscow has strongly opposed the tightening of Iran sanctions amid US pressure.
Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini called the rumor as absolutely baseless and in line with psychological efforts by those who are against good Iran-Russia relations.
Hosseini said such a worthless and wrong piece of news cannot affect the scheduled visit of the Russian president to Tehran.
Certain Western media on Sunday evening reported a rumor about a possible assassination plot against Putin during his visit to Tehran which will start on Tuesday.
Also earlier some sources had reported about efforts made by the Zionist and Western intelligence services to overshadow Putin's visit to Tehran to attend the important summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states.
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