Russia: Iran sanctions are reasonable compromise

December 25, 2006 14:07


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Russia's foreign minister on Monday hailed the UN Security Council's resolution that imposed sanctions on Iran as a reasonable compromise that wouldn't hurt Moscow's commercial contacts with Teheran. Sergey Lavrov said the resolution approved unanimously over the weekend was a compromise that would allow diplomatic efforts to continue. "The resolution fully reflects economic interests of Russia and other partners of Iran," Lavrov said at a Cabinet session chaired by President Vladimir Putin, according to the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies. Russia is building a nuclear power plant in the Iranian port of Bushehr, which is set to come on line next fall, and it demanded that both the plant and the nuclear fuel intended for it be exempt from sanctions.

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