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Russia hopes for success in Iran-P5+1 talks
March 11, 2013, 2:22 pm

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Russia says it recognises Iran’s right to develop a peaceful nuclear programme [Getty Images]

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has expressed optimism regarding the next round of talks between Iran and the six major powers.

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 5-6 Apri.

He hopes the talks “will not be inconclusive and the parties can move closer in their positions.”

Iran is currently under international sanctions, causing massive damage to the country’s economy and sparking 30 per cent inflation.

Vitaly Churkin also pointed out that many of these sanctions are ex-territorial, which represents a gross violation of international law.

Speaking at the UNSC session in New York last week, he said that the sanctions imposed by several powers on Iran are counterproductive.

“Some of the things which are being done by some members of the six are counterproductive because, in addition to Security Council sanctions, they piled up all sorts of unilateral sanctions, which we believe are not needed as a matter of principle,” Churkin said in an interview with Russia Today TV.

Russia says it recognises Iran’s right to develop a peaceful nuclear programme and right to enrich uranium.

The US and its allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives, however, Tehran says its nuclear programme has civilian goals.

Russia has insisted on diplomatic means in solving Tehran’s nuclear disagreement.

Daria Chernyshova

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