Russia sees 'real opportunity' for Iran nuclear deal

Russain FM to join counterparts from P5+1 group to reach interim accord with Iran on its nuclear programme.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees a "real opportunity" for the six-party talks with Iran to reach a deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

In a statement released after Lavrov spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jarad Zarif in Geneva on Friday evening, the Russian ministry called the meeting "a comprehensive and interested exchange of opinions" about how to end disagreements in the negotiations.

"Lavrov underlined that for the first time in many years, the '5+1' and Iran have a real opportunity to come to agreement," the statement quoted Lavrov as saying at the meeting.

Lavrov is to join his counterparts from the P5+1 group - comprising the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - in Geneva on Saturday in a bid to reach an interim accord with Iran on its nuclear programme after a decade of failed efforts.

Lavrov and Zarif discussed "key issues in the parties' positions, which inhibit reaching decisions," the statement said, without elaborating.

Lavrov flew to Geneva on Friday and also had a late meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. No details of that conversation were released to the media.


AnisAqeel | 7 years ago | Reply

Actually Obama's Nobel Peace Prize paid off with aversion of two wars in Syria and Iran and a win, win situation for the world. Oil prices will come down, Saudis feeling pinch and Pakistan being careful in the future as supporting funds from the Kingdom will shrink.

Parvez | 7 years ago | Reply

Putin positioning himself to trump Obama once again. This time Obama should make it work and take the credit as well.......but then international diplomacy just does not seem to be Obama's cup of tea.

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