The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has defended the formation of an organization of gas-exporting countries similar to OPEC.
Iranian Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari, his Qatari counterpart Abdulla Bin Hamad al-Attiya and the head of Russia’s Gazprom, Alexei Miller, had a Tuesday meeting in Tehran in which the three countries vowed to seriously pursue the formation of an OPEC-like gas group.
Lavrov told journalists on Wednesday that the expansion of natural gas cooperation between Doha, Moscow and Tehran was a ‘healthy phenomenon’.
He added that the current fluctuations in oil prices were a negative factor which would affect gas prices as well.
Gazprom’s chief executive officer, Miller, said on Tuesday that the three countries would also create a technical committee to implement joint projects.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said on Wednesday that the country might create an oil reserve to ‘ work more efficiently with prices on the market’.
Don’t forget to mention if it was such as case, then the troika would represent 46% of the natural gas resources on Earth.
We can understand for Russia and Iran, they’ve always been bashed by the western world, but Qatar?
Did you see this VS?
Report: Hezbollah chief poisoned, Iranian doctors saved his life
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
The Iraqi Web site Almalaf on Wednesday quoted diplomatic sources in Beirut as saying Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was poisoned last week and that his life was saved by Iranian doctors who were rushed to Lebanon to treat him.
The sources reportedly told the paper that a particularly poisonous chemical substance was used against the Shi’ite militia’s leader. His medical condition was apparently critical for a number of days, until the Iranian doctors arrived and managed to save his life.
The site claimed that the sources believed it was highly likely that the poisoning was an Israeli assassination attempt.
Hezbollah has denied the report. Lebanese parliament member Al-Hajj Hassan, a member of the group, said: “This is a lie and a fabrication. It’ true that I haven’t seen [Nasrallah] this past week, but he’s okay.”
The Iranian medical team arrived on Sunday at 11:00 P.M., apparently on a special military flight. Officials considered flying Nasrallah to Iran for further treatment, according to Almalaf.
In September 1997, a Mossad team tried to assassinate Hamas’ political chief, Khaled Meshal, by drizzling poison in his ear. The attempt failed, and two of the agents were captured while others found refuge in the Israeli embassy in Amman.
Nasrallah’s second-in-command Imad Mughniyah was assassinated in February in a Damascus bomb blast. Hezbollah accused Israel of responsibility for the explosion, although Israel has denied any connection to the act.
Iranian Speaker to visit Nasrallah, Saudi newspaper says
Meanwhile, Iranian speaker of parliament Ali Larijani will visit the Hezbollah leader during his trip to Lebanon, according to a report published by the Saudi Arabian daily Al-Watan on Wednesday.
Larijani will convey messages from Iraqi Ayatollah Ali Sistani to
Nasrallah, the daily quoted unnamed sources from Iran as saying.
The sources said that the letter carried by Larijani, who is currently visiting Manama, revealed Sistani’s position on the security agreement between Iraq and the United States.
@anonymous #2: nope. I missed this one. Well, Ha’aretz is only quoting an Iraqi newspaper about which I know nothing so I am not sure what to make of this story. Definitely something worth keeping an eye on, so thanks for the pointer and please let me know if you hear anything more about this, ok?
@anonymous #2: Nasrallah himself appeared on TV and said this was a fabrication: