Russia: Iran nuclear talks progress but could still unravel

March 21, 2013 22:02

MOSCOW - Russia said on Thursday that Iran and six global powers made progress in expert-level talks this week on the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program but there was no breakthrough and that backsliding remained a danger.

"This progress is real but it is not sufficient to speak of a definitive shift," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's chief negotiator on the issue, said of the talks in Istanbul on Monday."We cannot say this progress is irreversible. This alarms us a little, but from round to round, we have a more and more businesslike discussion of all the issues," he told reporters.

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