TEHRAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow is keen to continue cooperation with Tehran to develop its nuclear energy program.
“We know that Iran is working to establish new (nuclear) facilities, including (at) Bushehr. No UN Security Council resolution has put a ban on such reactors,” Lavrov told reporters at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Wednesday.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Lavrov called for more consultation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve outstanding issues, and said, “The main thing is to do what has been agreed on, not to give broader or narrower interpretations of the agreements declared in this document.”
“In Geneva, it was agreed to resolve the Iran issue step by step, and one step is the recognition of Iran’s right to have peaceful nuclear energy, including (uranium) enrichment,” he added.
Iran and the 5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany -- signed a deal in Geneva on November 24, according to which Tehran would offer some concessions on its nuclear activities in exchange for limited relief from the sanctions imposed on the country.
No military solution to Syria conflict
He also spoke about the Geneva II conference on Syria, scheduled to be held on January 22, saying the international community supports the conference.
He went on to say that all the influential Syrian and foreign players who can help achieve positive results should participate in the Geneva II conference.
He also stated that Iran is a “key player” that can help resolve the Syria crisis and must be invited to the conference.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the top Russian diplomat said that he had held a very constructive meeting with his Iranian counterpart and emphasized the necessity of cooperation in various areas between Tehran and Moscow, particularly on regional issues, to promote regional stability.
Zarif said that Iran, Russia, and many other members of the international community agree that there is no military solution to the Syria crisis and emphasized that the Geneva conference should be held without any preconditions.
Iran still insists on delivery of S-300 missiles: Zarif
Zarif also said Tehran is still insisting that Russia deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is insisting on the implementation of the previous agreements for the purchase of the S-300 missile system from Russia,” Zarif stated.