Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar said on Wednesday that
Russian President Vladimir Putin told him in the past that Russia was
not worried about Iran getting a nuclear weapon because Israel would
prevent such a scenario by attacking Iran´s nuclear facilities.
Speaking at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Aznar talked
about his familiarity with Iran´s leadership. Aznar served as Spain´s
prime minister from 1996 to 2004.
Aznar talked about his meeting with Iran´s Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei during a trip to Tehran in 2000. According to Aznar,
Khamenei said that he expected a large conflict with the West and
Israel and that the conflict would not only be military, but also
Khamenei also explicitly stated that Israel must be wiped off the
map, Aznar said.