Russian deputy FM: Western powers must be patient with Iran

Russian Deputy FM No ev

October 26, 2009 14:30

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov asked Western powers to start with a clean slate and exercise patience where Teheran was concerned, according to an interview published Monday in the Vremya Novostei daily. Ryabkov, who was part of the Russian delegation to negotiations conducted in Geneva between six European powers and Iran, was quoted as saying that there was no evidence that Iran was engaged in military nuclear activity. When asked about Teheran's past refusal to cooperate with the West, Ryabkov stated that Iran has indicated that it could easily purchase fuel without submitting to "complicated schemes." Ryabkov explained that the recent Vienna draft agreement, though "balanced and fair," only outlined a basic framework for the initiative, while the technical aspects had not yet been decided upon.

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