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Russia Hopes Iran Will Agree to Negotiate

Lavrov said proposals to Iran were accepted unanimously and have three main directions

Russia hopes Iran will positively respond to the ?serious proposals? of six world powers to resume negotiations and to suspend the discussion of its nuclear issue in the UN Security Council if Tehran stops uranium enrichment, Mosnews.com reported.

?Russia hopes Iran will respond to the proposal of the six countries and will sit down at the negotiating table,? the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Thursday. The minister commented on the results of a ministerial meeting between Russia, China, the United States, France, Great Britain and Germany.

?At the new talks with Iran a decision will be drafted for the benefit of peaceful nuclear power engineering, and simultaneously the nuclear non-proliferation regime will be observed,? the minister stressed.

Lavrov said proposals to Iran were accepted unanimously and have three main directions ? the Iranian nuclear program, trade, economic and political issues and security.

The Russian minister praised the United States for agreeing to negotiate with Iran.

?Russia has made its proposals and today the collective effort has yielded a result. The proposals were supported by all countries, including the United States. It was not an easy step for them, as there have been no relations between the United States and Iran for 26 years?, Lavrov said.