One has to wonder about this timely warning received by the Kremlin from "several sources outside Russia" in light of the very recent visit to Moscow by Secretary of State Rice and Secretary of Defense Gates:
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has been warned of a plot to assassinate him during a visit to Iran this week.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported that the country's security services had learned suicide bombers and kidnappers were planning to kill or capture Mr Putin on his visit.
Iran dismissed the report as baseless, describing the allegation as "psychological warfare" calculated by Teheran's enemies to undermine Russian-Iranian relations.
A Kremlin spokesman said there were currently no plans to cancel Mr Putin's trip to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday.
"A reliable source in one of the Russian special services, has received information from several sources outside Russia, that during the president of Russia's visit to Teheran an assassination attempt is being plotted," Interfax reported.
Who has the means, motive, and opportunity to pass a message of this nature to one of Iran's international allies?
There are no coincidences.