Vladimir Putin og hans krets skal være rasende over at USA ikke lærer, men fortsetter å blande seg inn i Georgia: med krigsskip, med store pengeoverføringer og besøk av Dick Cheney. Putin vurderer å gå aktivit inn og støtte Irans atomplaner. Det vil slå ut på forholdet til Washington. Russland har hittil spilt en konstruktiv rolle i forhold til Iran.

Vladimir Putin, the prime minister of Russia, who has been the driving force during the crisis, has declared he will take unspecified action in response.

«Everything has changed since the war in Georgia,» said one source. «What seemed impossible before, is more than possible now when our friends become our enemies and our enemies our friends. What are American ships doing off our coast? Do you see Russian warships off the coast of America?

«Russia will respond. A number of possibilities are being considered, including hitting America there where it hurts most – Iran.»

Increasing nuclear assistance to Iran would sharply escalate tensions between Moscow and Washington

Vladimir Putin set to bait US with nuclear aid for Tehran