Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Russia, Iran Start Enrichment Talks - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

MOSCOW, AP -Russian and Iranian officials started talks Monday on Russia’s offer to enrich uranium for Iran, a proposal aimed at defusing the international crisis over concerns that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.

Before the meeting, Russia’s foreign minister conceded that Moscow had limited hopes for the talks.

“Honestly speaking, we have modest expectations, but we will make every effort to avoid an escalation of the situation and the use of force,” Sergey Lavrov told a government meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin in televised comments.

The top Iranian negotiator, Ali Hosseinitash, deputy secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, said beforehand he believed an agreement was possible. He cautioned, however, against linking the Russian plan to demands for Iran to restore a freeze on uranium enrichment, Russian news agencies reported.

“The negotiations with Russia do not foresee any preconditions,” Hosseinitash said, according to ITAR-Tass. He added that there was no link “between the moratorium on uranium enrichment and talks on the Russian plan.”

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube