Putin optimistic about nuclear talks in Geneva

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is optimistic about the latest talks held in Geneva between Iran and the six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Speaking after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin expressed hope that “in the nearest future a mutually acceptable solution is found” to end the West’s nuclear standoff with Tehran.

“As the consultations in Geneva showed, there is a possibility this can be done. I hope that the talks that resumed today in Geneva bring results,” he said.

But Netanyahu said that Tel Aviv insists on the need for what he called a “real” solution to Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The remarks echo Tel Aviv’s determination to pressure Western countries to block a nuclear deal with Iran.

On Wednesday, Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany wrapped up a brief round of nuclear talks in Geneva.

After the meeting, Iran held bilateral talks with Russia, followed by another round of negotiations with the United States.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he held “good” negotiations with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva.

“We talked about the trend of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1,” Zarif stated after meeting Ashton, who is leading the six powers in nuclear negotiations with Tehran.

“We had a good conversation and discussed the ways we could continue this trend during these days of negotiations,” he told reporters.

During the last round of talks in Geneva on November 7-10, a first-step agreement was within reach but the position taken by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in favor of the Israeli regime and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations.

The new Geneva talks are expected to last for three days.

By Press TV


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