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Lavrov: ‘Good chances’ for Iran agreement after shift from threats, ‘sanctions leverage’

Published time: November 10, 2013 21:27
Edited time: November 11, 2013 08:41
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

The sextet of international mediators and Iran have good chances to work out an agreement after dropping threats and the “leverage” of sanctions and switching to the essence of the matter, which Russia has been promoting for years, Sergey Lavrov said.

“The essence of this policy is: threats must be laid aside alongside sanction levers bypassing the UN Security Council, and the problem must be considered in essence,” Sergey Lavrov said after informing his Indian and Chinese counterparts about the results achieved in Geneva talks over the weekend.

Russia’s foreign ministry has praised the “significant progress” that has been made in recent discussions, saying that now “chances are high” that “the Sextet's political directors” and Iran will formulate approaches that could pave the way for the agreement. 

“The Sextet's political directors will meet on November 20 to use the achievements made in recent Geneva discussions and lay approaches that could forge groundwork for a joint document. The chances are very, very high for that,” he told the press.

Although no immediate result was reached during the latest round of talks between Iran and six world powers, it still was “time well-spent,” Lavrov said. 

“We have created grounds for cooperation that will help us decide how to deal with the Iranian nuclear problem in terms of IAEA and UN Security Council requirements,” he said. 

The Foreign Minister emphasized that the meeting in Geneva “confirmed” that polemics and the exchange of initial positions “without attempts to draw them nearer” are being shifted to the background, while an understanding of necessity to take up issues which arouse concerns in the IAEA and the world community, is now in the foreground.

For its part, Iran has also demonstrated its determination to move further on this track, Lavrov said, stressing that talks between the Sextet and Iranian officials were concrete. 

Sergey Lavrov also praised the role the US delegation, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, saying it “was very active in the search for agreements.”

The 3-day-long meeting in Geneva ended on Saturday night with no deal struck, but all the attendees agreeing that the groundwork for an agreement had been laid.  

A widely predicted breakthrough stumbled upon “some questions” concerning the Iranian nuclear program which are still to be addressed.  

Over the weekend, Israel ramped up its efforts to prevent any deal with Iran, with PM Benjamin Netanyahu calling British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to promote Tel Aviv’s position. Netanyahu is also planning a visit to Moscow on November 20, the day when the sextet talks are scheduled to resume in Geneva.

Comments (11)


virgis 18.11.2013 14:49

Its really a very hard and complicated.We all know in nucle war there will be no winners-just entirely dead Planet.i dont understand why Iran so badly need this dangerous stuff?even if its for peaceful purpose.second-what if this deadly weapons appears in some suiciders arms who dont care and dont value the life?3-th.why some arabs,like Israel,have a right to nuclear power,but others are denied?its simply unfair.I suggest that Israel sud show good will and to reject own nucle first.i think it sud work


Ted Jenkins 14.11.2013 13:46

Carefull reading of Lavrov's comments leads me to believe there's not much difference between Russian and US desires for a peaceful, secular Middle East. I have guessed this since the agreement to control Syria's chemical weapons was negotiated at the St Petersburg meeting. The degree of cooperation has been minimized by both Obama and Putin because of their domestic political situations. Kerry and Lavrov can be a bit more open about it. Wonderful cooperation!


SSD7 12.11.2013 15:10

What a shame that the formerly greatest economy, the USA , is entangled in the Zionist spiderweb,and cannot make a decision without the black widow spider’s approval.

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