Russia must help tighten Iran sanctions - Sarkozy

MUNICH, Germany Sat Feb 7, 2009 5:29pm IST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves after his arrival at the 45th Conference on Security Policy in Munich February 7, 2009. There is no alternative to tightening sanctions against Iran over its nuclear work if it does not meet western demands and Russia must show it is ready help with such a move, Sarkozy said. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves after his arrival at the 45th Conference on Security Policy in Munich February 7, 2009. There is no alternative to tightening sanctions against Iran over its nuclear work if it does not meet western demands and Russia must show it is ready help with such a move, Sarkozy said.

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MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - There is no alternative to tightening sanctions against Iran over its nuclear work if it does not meet western demands and Russia must show it is ready help with such a move, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

"We need the Russians to help so that sanctions against Iran are effective," Sarkozy told the Munich Security Conference.

"We only have one solution left, reinforce sanctions against Iran and link Russia to this process," he added. "It is up to Russia to decide which face it wants to show. If it wants peace it should show it. If it wants to be a (global player), it should help us with Iran."

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