Russian president: “Israel will regret to attack Iran”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the Israeli regime against the consequences of military aggression against Iran, urging Tel Aviv to think well before doing anything it ‘will regret later.’

“Look at what happened to the Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. I told [US president Barack] Obama the same thing,” the visiting president said in a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on Monday.

“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,” he cautioned.”One should not act prematurely.”

Putin travelled to Israel on Monday to hold talks with Israeli officials about the Iranian nuclear issue as well as the Syrian crisis.

The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike in an attempt to force the Islamic Republic to halt its peaceful nuclear energy program, which has been closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran has fiercely rejected Western publicity that its nuclear program may be diverted to military objectives while insisting that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to pursue nuclear technology for its numerous civilian purposes.

Unlike Iran, Israel is a non-signatory to the NPT and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty.

Israel, widely believed to possess between 200 to 400 nuclear warheads, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear work.

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Visiting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres as they meet in Jerusalem, on June 25, 2012.