Russia to participate Iran nuclear prog talks

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Moscow, Jan 18: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend six-nation talks to solve the contentious issue of Iranian nuclear programme on January 22 in Berlin.

''The meeting is expected to discuss ways of regulating the Iranian nuclear programme,'' a Russian source told Interfax news agency. Foreign Ministers from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are likely to consider new sanctions against Tehran at the talks. Two sets of UN Security Council sanctions are currently in place against Tehran over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

Further rounds of more stringent sanctions have so far been blocked by China and Russia.

After talks with his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni here yesterday, Mr Lavrov said Russia was determined to resolve the problem through political and diplomatic means and stressed the significance of coordinated action in the six-nation format.

Despite Western suspicions, Iran insists that its programme has peaceful goals and has pledged to clear up all remaining questions over the programme by late February.


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