A senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday that Moscow would likely back the Western draft UN Security Council resolution on Iran, a statement that contrasted with the Russian foreign minister's criticism of the draft.
"The Russian political leadership will apparently have to join a new resolution on Iran proposed by Britain, Germany and France that envisages limited economic sanctions," Yuri Volkov, a deputy speaker of the State Duma, a lower house of Russian parliament, said in a statement.
Volkov has played a low-key role in the past and made no statements on global politics. Like most other members of the Duma, he belongs to the Kremlin-controlled United Russia faction. but it is unclear whether he has any access to the Kremlin decision-making.