Moscow, Feb 13: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia did not approve Iran's intention to develop missile technology and continue uranium enrichment.
''We do not approve of Iran's constant demonstration of its intention to develop its missile sector and continue uranium enrichment,'' the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said after his return to Moscow from Ljubljana. He was commenting on Iran's announcement of a missile test-launch.''However, international law does not prohibit these actions. We should take into account the fact that the previous years revealed a series of problems in Iran's nuclear programme,'' he said.
''Until they are lifted it will be reasonable to avoid any steps and statements, which heat up the atmosphere and create an impression that Iran intended to ignore the international community, the UN Security Council and the IAEA,'' Itar-Tass news agency quoted him as saying.
Mr Lavrov said the talks on the final settlement of all problems related to Iran's nuclear programme might be started.
''It is necessary that all participants in the talks seek to solve this problem, to eliminate all risks and threats, and not to be guided by any other reasons in the political agenda,'' he said.
''There is a certain positive moment in this problem. This moment is related to Iran's cooperation to close the issues, which emerged earlier due to its nuclear activity,'' he pointed out, adding ''At present, these problems are being solved satisfactorally and we will wait for the IAEA Director-General's report.'' He stressed Iran's problem is one of the key problems of the international community's agenda and it is very important for ''both sides to show restraint and common sense.''