Russia's Lavrov flies to Geneva for Iran talks: Interfax

Published: November 9, 2013
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. PHOTO: AFP

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov flew to Geneva on Saturday to join his Western counterparts for crunch talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, Interfax reported.

“Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently flying out to Switzerland,” the news agency quoted an unidentified source as saying.

A spokesman for the ministry could not independently confirm the information when contacted by AFP.

Another source told Interfax that Moscow expected foreign ministers from the so-called P5+1 group of the five permanent UN Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – and Germany to conduct a joint meeting in Geneva on Saturday.

“We hope that a meeting (of the P5+1) will take place with the involvement of all the ministers, including Lavrov,” the Russian diplomatic source said.

Hopes of a landmark breakthrough in the talks have prompted a flurry of diplomatic activity, with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain’s William Hague, Germany’s Guido Westerwelle and France’s Laurent Fabius all unexpectedly rearranging their schedules to head to Geneva.

There was no immediate information as to whether Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi would also attend the talks.

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