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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lavrov: UN Draft Meets Demands

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday a new draft United Nations Security Council resolution on Iran over its nuclear program largely met Moscow's concerns and could become the basis of a consensus decision.

"The new resolution prepared by the EU3 [European big three] that is now being discussed in the Security Council has to a large extent taken into account our approaches," Lavrov told Interfax in an interview. "We are counting on ... being able to come to a consensus decision in the UN Security Council that will prompt the Iranians to sit down to negotiations and provide active and full cooperation with the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] on all the remaining questions relating to Iran's nuclear activity," he said.

It was not clear whether these comments by Lavrov represented a diplomatic shift by Moscow.

Lavrov said the new resolution in particular "focuses on those spheres of nuclear activity which arouse the IAEA's concern: the enrichment of uranium, chemical processing and heavy water program, as well as limiting deliveries to Iran of goods and technology which are related to the creation of nuclear weapons delivery systems."

He made no specific reference to the travel ban or other areas where Russia has been at odds with Western nations, which are pushing for a vote this week on a Security Council draft resolution.