'Russia favors Iran-P5+1 talks'
Russia's Ambassador to Tehran Leone Jagaraian
Russia's ambassador to Tehran says Moscow opposes the West's unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program and calls for the resumption of talks between Iran and the world's six major powers.
Leone Jagaraian described sanctions as counterproductive and said that the West's unilateral sanctions against Iran could lead to international destabilization.
He said that Russia would employ all it has in power to contribute to the resumption of talks between Iran and the P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany, with no preconditions to help both sides come up with a peaceful solution.
Jagaraian praised Iran's efforts to develop talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but urged the Islamic Republic to cooperate further with the agency.
He also criticized certain countries for creating tension in the atmosphere of the talks between Iran and the P5+1, adding that politicizing Iran's nuclear issue would endanger the prospect of the negotiations.
Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul last January.
Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common ground, adding, however, that it has no intention of backing down on its nuclear rights.
As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, Iran maintains that it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.