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Iran Sanctions Should Be Eased to Foster Nuclear Cooperation, Russia Says

Posted by alanmirs on June 3, 2011

By Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov – Jun 2, 2011 11:57 AM GMT+0400

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Photographer: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

World powers should offer to ease sanctions to gain Iran’s cooperation in resolving the dispute over the country’s nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany have stalled since January and Russia believes incentives are needed to kick-start the process, Lavrov said yesterday in an interview in Moscow.

“We have to show to Iran that if it cooperates, if it answers satisfactorily the IAEA demands, then it should see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Lavrov said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog.

The Persian Gulf state in mid-2010 came under a fourth set of UN sanctions, which Russia supported. The U.S. and European Union later imposed tougher unilateral measures. Russia won’t support new sanctions against Iran, Lavrov said.




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