BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao will discuss the Iranian nuclear standoff with Russian leaders during a weekend visit to Moscow, a Chinese official said on Wednesday, noting that the two sides had “similar views”.
Hu will meet President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during the May 8-9 visit, during which he will attend ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, the official said. “The leaders of the two countries will exchange views on international and regional issues of shared interest, which of course includes the Iranian nuclear issue,” Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told journalists. “China and Russia have similar views on this issue.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week admitted that Iran was a “difficult partner” and warned targeted sanctions over Tehran’s contested nuclear programme may become “unavoidable”.
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