Quote Originally Posted by obzen View Post
Iran will have to acknowledge that Russia can't be relied upon to help stave off sanctions anymore if they go that route.

Besides, most experts say they it's not realistic. Iran is kicking dirt.
Russia has been backing the UN for a little while now, Iran doesn't seem to care anymore. Especially after they rejected the russian offer for enrichment.

I agree with The Economist, Iran needs credibility within the Islamic world and to boost domestic credentials with this row. This is probably going to spill over into some form of quasi-organized conflict, or full trade embargo's.