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Russia optimistic about settlement of Iranian nuclear issue

December 17, 2013, 18:26 UTC+3 BRUSSELS

Russia's Foreign Minister: our European partners and we are determined to solve this task

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BRUSSELS, December 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is optimistic about the chances of the Iranian nuclear issue to be resolved, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting with his EU colleagues in Brussels on Monday, December 16.

“Our European partners and we are determined to solve this task. There are certain views that are based on pessimistic prospects for the final settlement. But no such pessimism can be seen in our relations with the EU. I hope that we will work together with our American partners and certainly with Iranians in order to resolve this acute and very serious problem,” he said.

The minister called for unconditional compliance with the Geneva agreement on Iran. “It is important, and our European colleagues agree with us on this, to make no attempts to change the agreements or try to interpret these agreements broadly or narrowly, but to implement all the provisions of the Geneva document exactly as they are stated,” Lavrov said.

“Iran is freezing a considerable part of its nuclear program. On the other hand, the unilateral sanctions the U.S. and the European Union imposed against Iran will be suspended and gradually lifted,” he added.

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