Vladimir Putin shrugged off rumours of a plot to assassinate him on a trip to Iran, saying he had no intention of changing his plans. After talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President said he would raise the sensitive issue of Tehran’s nuclear programme with his Iranian counterpart.
Moscow is a mediator in talks over fears the Islamic state wants to develop an atomic bomb. He said: “Of course I am going to Iran, because if I listened all the time to the various threats and recommendations from the security services I would never leave home. They must do their work and we, with Madam Federal Chancellor – and my other colleagues – must carry out our obligations”.
Arriving for the summit of Caspian Sea states ahead of Putin, the Kazakh president was welcomed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Nursultan Nazarbayev is one of five leaders to visit Tehran for the talks. They are expected to discuss dividing the resources of the inland sea – thought to contain the world’s third largest energy reserves. The legal status of the Caspian has been in limbo since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.