Moscow hopes Tehran talks will be based on Russian proposal

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On 17 August, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he hoped that talks between world powers and Tehran on Iran’s nuclear programme would resume soon, based on Moscow’s proposal. Lavrov met his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi in Moscow to discuss the Iranian nuclear program. Akbar Salehi praised the document for its “step-by-step” approach to the dispute. Lavrov was quoted as saying that the Bushehr nuclear plant would begin operations very soon and that the date was being agreed with Tehran.
On 15 August, a top Russian official held nuclear talks with high-ranking Iranian officials in Tehran, state media reported. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev met with his Iranian counterpart Saeid Jalili at the foreign ministry in Tehran. Other issues concerning Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and also the launch of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant were on the agenda for talks with Patrushev – Iran inked a deal with Russia to purchase the S-300 weaponry systems in 2007.

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