Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, proposed a new way to help resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program during an extraordinary meeting with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the country's chief nuclear negotiator on Wednesday.This may or may not go anywhere. Maybe Khamenei is meeting with Putin just to annoy the U.S. Maybe Putin is just offering up a slight variation on his previous proposal to supply Iran with enriched nuclear fuel. Who knows? But Khamenei doesn't meet with very many people, and both Russia and Iran seem to be feeling their way toward common ground resisting American influence in the Middle East. Yippee.
The negotiator, Ali Larijani, told reporters that Mr. Putin, who was granted an audience with Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday evening, "offered a special proposal." Neither the Iranians nor the Russians would disclose any details, but Mr. Larijani said the Iranian side was studying it.