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Russia ha no plans to close down embassy in Iran

December 01, 2011, 18:03 UTC+3

“Considering what happened to the British diplomatic mission in Teheran, our diplomats there are taking additional security steps,” Lukashevich said

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MOSCOW, December 1 (Itar-Tass) — Russia has no plans to close down its embassy in Iran, Alexander Lukashevich, an official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“Russia and Iran have good relations of partnership, a common history, and expansive plans for cooperation, and that’s why the Russian diplomatic agencies are not considering any steps in this respect,” he said.

“Considering what happened to the British diplomatic mission in Teheran /that underwent an attack by angered Iranian students – Itar-Tass/, our diplomats there are taking additional security steps,” Lukashevich said, adding that the Russian legation is located close to the British one.

“The embassy staff maintains close contacts with officials of the Iranian security services and the current developments /on the territory of the legation/ are fully under control,” he said.

“We find the situation that occurred in Teheran to be very disappointing,” he said. “We urge the Iranian authorities to investigate it scrupulously.”

“Equally unpleasant is the fanning of tensions around Iran.”

“We resolutely speak out against the unfolding of a spiral of tensions and confrontation on the issues related to Iran, as this line of action is fraught with tragic consequences,” Lukashevich said.

“The growing tensions in the relationship with Iran put brake on the resumption of talks in the Six Countries plus Iran format, the subject of which is Iranian nuclear program,” he went on.

“The case in hand is a counterproductive, untimely and poorly grounded report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on the research of military character that has allegedly been carried out in Iran in the framework of its nuclear program,” Lukashevich said.


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