The East is a delicate matter. (Восток — дело тонкое.)-Popular Russian saying
Russia is ruling out Iran sanctions, accusing the West (meaning Washington, mainly) of seeking regime change in Iran in presumed opposition to Russian interests. Read the news here.
The tragedy of all this is that regime change in Iran is not only necessary but long overdue--the regime should never have been allowed to come into existence in the first place--and that ridding the world of the monstrous mullahocracy should not be seen by Mosccow as threatening. But relations between the United States and Russia are arguably at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Incredibly, the topic isn't even on the U.S. news agenda. Moderators of the so-called Republican Presidential debates seem to make every effort possible to avoid serious discussion of foreign policy issues--or any important issue, for that matter.