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'Attack on Iran won't be an easy walk' - Lavrov. During his annual news conference, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the scenario Russia and the global community could face if things in the Middle East, especially in Iran, get out of hand. Addressing what is certainly the most worrisome development on the global stage, Lavrov spoke at length on the standoff involving Iran, which faces deepening sanctions, as well as the threat of military attack, over its nuclear energy program.

The Russian Foreign Minister did not mince his words when he spoke about the “grave” consequences of a military strike against Iran. A possible military attack against Iran would trigger a huge migration of refugees, who would pour into Azerbaijan, possibly pushing up against the Russian border. Lavrov admitted. Finally, an attack against Iran would also Lavrov said. ­ Unilateral sanctions work against united front Lavrov warned at his Q&A press conference in Moscow. he said. he said.

Lavrov said. ­ Launch negotiations, not attacks on Syria he said. Lavrov said. Iran 'definitely' closing Strait of Hormuz over EU oil embargo. Iranian Navy boats take part in maneuvers during the "Velayat-90" navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran (AFP Photo / EBRAHIM NOROOZI) Tensions in the Gulf could reach a breaking point as a senior Iranian official said Iran would “definitely” close the Strait of Hormuz if an EU oil embargo disrupted the export of crude oil.

Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament's foreign affairs and national security committee, issued the warning in respone to a decision by the European Union on Monday to impose an oil embargo on Iran over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said. However, with Washington’s decision to deploy a second carrier strike group in the Gulf, the EU’s attempt to pressure Iran economically could greatly increase the likelihood of all-out war in the region. 'Clear signal' to Iran: UK warns of more firepower in Hormuz.

Britain could send reinforcements to defend the sensitive Strait of Hormuz against a possible blockade by Iran. On Sunday, the Royal Navy dispatched HMS Argyll to a flotilla of mostly American warships in the Gulf region. These have been gathering ever since the tension between Iran and the West started to bubble last year. The move sends to Tehran, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday, adding that The flotilla passed within a few kilometers of the Iranian coast.

Besides the HMS Argyll, it includes two destroyers and a guided missile cruiser from the US Navy, the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, and a French warship. Another US aircraft carrier, the Carl Vinson, has already been in the region for several months. Iran: EU oil embargo doomed to fail. Iran’s Foreign Ministry building The EU’s embargo on Iranian oil is “doomed to fail,” Tehran said after the crucial decision was taken.

Iranian media outlets are sure the Persian country will not run out of customers - and suggest cutting off oil supplies to Europe before July. ­ " ," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, as quoted by Itar-Tass. Economic sanctions will not keep Iran from its nuclear program, the diplomat said, adding that tightening the screws on Iran is an “ . " A total boycott of Iranian oil starting in July 2012 would but worsen the continuing economic crisis in Europe – and will play into Washington’s hands, said Mehmanparast: Earlier in the day, several top Iranian officials threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz , which Gulf crude exporters use to take almost a third of their oil to the international market.

. “ ” Iran’s former Oil Minister, Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh, told the Mehr News Agency on Monday. “ .” US aircraft carrier sails through Strait of Hormuz. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) (U.S. Navy photo / Jordon R. Beesley) The USS Abraham Lincoln sailed through the Persian Gulf Strait of Hormuz on Sunday without incident, as part of scheduled maritime security operations. ­

That is according to Commander Amy Derrick-Frost, a spokeswoman for the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. And while the US Navy says it’s just a routine maneuver, the act is expected to add further strain to Washington's already-tense relations with Tehran. The move comes just a day after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the US is committed to maintaining a global fleet of 11 aircraft carriers despite pressure to reduce the fleet’s size. US warships frequently operate in the Gulf. Revolutionary Guard Deputy Commander Hossein Salami was quoted as saying by the IRNA news agency on Saturday. File, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security. Strait of Hormuz and Sanctions.