Putin: Real chance to end Iran nuclear standoff

Putin: Real chance to end Iran nuclear standoff
Mon Nov 18, 2013 16:28:53

There is a "real chance" to resolve the international standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, Russian President Vladimir Putin tells Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Putin and Rouhani had spoken by telephone at the Russian leader's request, two days before negotiators from Iran and six global powers hold their next talks, the Kremlin said on Monday.

"...In the context of the Iranian nuclear program, V.V. Putin underlined that at the moment a real chance has appeared to find a solution to this long-running problem," the statement said.

Putin's upbeat comments followed remarks in which a senior US official said it was possible a deal could be reached when negotiators meet in Geneva from Nov. 20.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also voicing optimism on Saturday said that Iran nuclear talks had eliminated fundamental disagreements and a real chance of reaching a deal next week must not be missed

Putin and Rouhani also discussed the conflict in Syria and expressed support for efforts to convene an international peace conference, the Kremlin said.


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