Moscow Seeks Talks in Tehran

The Foreign Ministry said Friday that it hoped the six nations negotiating with Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program could meet in Tehran soon to offer the Islamic Republic new proposals for talks.

"We hope in the near future Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, will be able to meet in Tehran EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and deputy foreign ministers of the six countries who must hand Iran a revised package of proposals for talks," the ministry said in a statement.

Moscow said it was "attentively studying" Iran's latest proposals and would consult its partners in the "big six." "During our meetings in Tehran, representatives of the six could give their preliminary reaction to Iran's proposals," it said.

The United States said it would not send a representative with Solana to deliver the new incentives. "We are not going to have a physical presence there," a State Department spokesman said.