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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bolton Arrives for Security Talks

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton arrived Wednesday for talks expected to focus on Russia's contacts with Iran, the threatened U.S. military action in Iraq and other strategic issues.

Bolton was scheduled to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov, Nuclear Power Minister Alexander Rumyantsev and Russian Aviation and Space Agency chief Yury Koptev, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said. He said Bolton would discuss a range of security and nonproliferation issues during three days of talks with Russian officials but did not elaborate.

Interfax and Itar-Tass quoted Russian diplomats as saying Bolton and Russian officials were set to discuss Russia's nuclear cooperation with Iran, which has long caused concern in Washington.

The U.S. administration believes that Russia's project to develop Iran's nuclear energy industry is giving Tehran the ability to produce nuclear weapons. Russia has shrugged off the U.S. protests, saying that the nuclear plant it is building in Iran will serve civilian purposes only and remain under international control.

Russian officials planned to raise the Iraqi issue in talks with Bolton, Russian news reports said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov said Moscow was pursuing its legitimate economic and political interests in developing contacts with Iran, Iraq and North Korea, Vremya Novostei reported Wednesday.

At the same time, Trubnikov added that Russia will continue a "constructive dialogue" with Washington.