Russian FM: No Unilateral Sanctions for Iran

A0090568103.jpgRussia opposes unilateral sanctions against Iran and favors resolving a nuclear dispute through multi-national negotiations. “We believe that this collective work could have been more effective if there were no parallel steps on unilateral sanctions against Iran, not to mention regular calls for military force against the country,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to reiterate his commitment to multi-national talks when he visits Tehran this week, Lavrov said.

Six nations, namely China, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany, are involved in talks to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program.

The United States and France have urged tougher penalties against Iran while Russia favors the six nations reaching a collective agreement, Lavrov said.

A vote by the six nations delayed in September is to be taken next month after reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency on the progress and scope of Iran’s nuclear program.

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