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Putin to Peres: Israel will regret attacking Iran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Israel will regret it if it launches a military strike on Iran. Putin made the remarks during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Beit-ul-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) on Monday.

During the meeting, Putin urged Israel to learn from negative U.S. experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, Ynetnews reported.

"Look at what happened to the Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. I told (U.S. President Barack) Obama the same thing," Putin stated.

He added, "There is no need to do things too quickly; one should not act without thinking first."

"Iraq has a pro-Iranian regime after everything that has happened there. These things should be thought out ahead of time before doing something one will regret later," the Russian president stated.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier on Monday following his meeting with Putin, "I believe that we should be doing two things now: Boosting the sanctions (on Iran) and also boosting the demands."

The Russian president said that the two leaders "spoke in detail about the Syria issue and about the Iranian nuclear program."

In a brief statement after meeting with Netanyahu, Putin said that their talks covered the situation in Iran and the uprising in Syria, but added that he saw negotiations as the only solution for such matters, ABC News reported.

According to AP, Israel urged the Russian president to step up pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but there was no sign of any concessions from Putin.

The Christian Broadcasting Network wrote on Tuesday, "Russia will not step up pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program despite Israel's urgings."

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