Deputy Foreign Minister Albert Chernyshev told Interfax May 3 that Russia would go ahead with its planned sale despite American objections. “We are completely right in this case,” he concluded. In the April 29 Business World, commentator Vladimir Simonov said that there were only three ways out: Russia cancels and the US compensates Moscow for doing so, Russia simply cancels, or Russia delivers the reactors but agrees to impose tighter restrictions on Iran’s use of them. Simonov suggested that the last was the most likely outcome, setting the stage for a chilly summit May 10.
Car Bomb Explosion in Murmansk.