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Netanyahu: Israel Not Planning War With Iran

Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 01:10 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country is not planning a war with Iran, and has criticized Tehran's talk of such a conflict as a reaction to the threat of tougher sanctions.

Israel has said it hopes diplomacy will resolve the nuclear standoff over Iran, but has not ruled out military action.

Netanyahu is in Moscow urging Russia to sign off on debilitating sanctions for Iran over its nuclear program.

He said at a briefing Tuesday that "we are not planning any wars."

Russia has not ruled out tougher sanctions, but is dragging its heels over a move that could threaten its cordial relations with Tehran.

Iran has frequently mentioned it could suffer a military strike from Israel or its allies. Netanyahu dismissed such allegations as "manipulations."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has told the Israeli prime minister that Russia will build a Holocaust remembrance museum.

Putin met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Tuesday and promised Russia would build a museum dedicated to the Nazi extermination of millions of Jews.

Netanyahu said Israel would erect a monument to the Soviet army, to be completed by the time Putin visits Israel next year, the 66th anniversary of Victory Day, which commemorates the end of World War II in Europe.

Russia is on a drive to erase any doubt about the Soviet Union's role in the allied victory. The Soviet Union was at first allied with Germany.

Netanyahu is in Russia to urge tougher sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.

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