Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov flew into Tehran on Wednesday to discuss upcoming nuclear talks in Moscow.
“The Iranian side is interested in coming up with solutions which would contribute to the settlement of the nuclear issues,” Lavrov told reporters in Tehran after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi [AFP/IRNA, 14 June].
Salehi said he was “optimistic” about the prospects of the Moscow Talks.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said on Tuesday that the Iranians were under tremendous pressure from the Russians and the Chinese to come to Moscow (18-19 June) prepared to respond to proposals by the six major powers to end the standoff on its nuclear program.
The P5+1 has asked Iran to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, ship out its stockpile of 20-percent uranium, halt enrichment at its Fordo facility and sign IAEA’s additional protocol for inspection of its nuclear sites. In return, the economic sanctions against the country would be lifted.