It was still unclear whether the Russian president will visit Iran after reports of a plot to assassinate him. Currently in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin was due to fly to Tehran this evening. The Kremlin said it did not know whether he will cancel the trip.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry, however, claimed the visit will go ahead. A Russian news agency said suicide bombers were preparing an attack on Putin but did not give any further details. Tehran said the reports were “baseless, claiming the allegations were “pyschological warfare” by Iran’s enemies – a probable reference to the West – to undermine the relationship between Russia and Iran.
Asked about the report during a press conference, Putin dismissed the question. Moscow said engaging Tehran is a more effective way of tackling Iran’s nuclear programme than isolating the country. Russia sells weapons to Iran and is building it a nuclear power station on the Persian Gulf.