Ahmadinejad talks nuclear issues with visiting Russian FM Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday on a trip to Iran that unilateral sanctions - such as those recently imposed by the United States - will not help solve the Iranian nuclear problem. Lavrov's remark came as the Russian, on a surprise visit to Teheran, met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for talks on the Iranian nuclear program. Earlier in the day, Ahmadinejad shrugged off a new round of US sanctions targeting Iran, saying the country would not succumb to pressure from Washington, Iranian media reported. Iranian state television released no details on the Lavrov-Ahmadinejad talks, but Russian news reports said Lavrov warned that unilateral sanctions could undermine a collective effort by the international community to get Iran to halt its controversial uranium enrichment.