Ahmadinejad to meet Russian, Chinese leaders

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans separate meetings this week with leaders of China and Russia, key players who have resisted US efforts to seek tougher UN action in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. Those meetings were expected to take place Friday following a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO, although host China, has said the Iranian nuclear issue won't be on the summit's agenda. China had already announced a planned meeting between Ahmadinejad and Chinese President Hu Jintao, to include discussion of the nuclear dispute. Russia's Interfax news agency said Wednesday Putin would also meet the Iranian leader for talks on the nuclear issue, as well as Caspian Sea energy exploration and other cooperation between the two states.