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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Optimistic on Iran

UNITED NATIONS — Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday that he was “optimistic” about talks on a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran between Russia and five other world powers.

“These talks are slowly moving forward,” said Ryabkov, who is Russia’s lead negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue. “Definitely there is still some space to bridge over, but I wouldn’t exaggerate or over-exaggerate the differences.”

“I’m reasonably optimistic,” he added.

The United States and its European allies are seeking a fourth round of UN sanctions on Iran, proposing a ban on new energy sector investment, more curbs on Iranian banking and shipping, a full arms embargo and penalties against members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and firms they control.