Russia hopes for ‘concrete result’ in Iran talks

As nuclear talks continue between Iran and six major world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva, Russia says it sees “positive changes” in the positions of the two sides and hopes for a “concrete result” in negotiations.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich made the remarks at a ministry briefing in Moscow on Friday.

He expressed hope Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany would reach a “concrete result” to satisfy both sides.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Iran and the six world powers could agree on a “road map” for ending the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Speaking to reporters, Lavrov added that he did not wish to prejudge the outcome of the ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

The Russian foreign minister, however, emphasized that Iran should be allowed to have a peaceful nuclear program under the surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Media reports announced on Friday that US Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would travel to Geneva to attend the nuclear talks.

The unplanned visits by Kerry and Fabius come after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who canceled his planned trip to Rome, Italy, to stay in Geneva, said on Thursday that it is “possible” for Tehran and the six world powers to reach a deal over Iran’s nuclear issue during the Geneva talks.

The two-day negotiations opened in the Swiss city on Thursday.

Zarif further expressed hope that Tehran’s negotiating partner will enter into talks with “seriousness,” saying, “We expect serious negotiations and [believe that] it is possible to reach a deal.”

By Press TV

 

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