He may, in fact, be right, but it's still disappointing to see the Russians going squishy on their promise to support sanctions if the Iranians didn't cease enrichment for talks.
The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1696 July 31, demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment by August 31 or face possible economic and diplomatic sanctions. However, hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would not give up its right to nuclear technology.
Margelov said sanctions against the Islamic Republic would not necessarily cause a change of power within the country, which is what proponents of sanctions are hoping for. Most of the population of this volatile region "lives badly, even without sanctions, but the authorities are always helped out by international corruption," he said, adding that talks would be more effective.
Russia Going Soft on Iran
Well this is hardly a big surprise, is it? From an article titled Sanctions against Iran would be futile - Russian MP: