December 19, 2006, RFE/RL -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has offered his support for a draft UN Security Council resolution that would seek to punish Iran over its nuclear activities, the Interfax news agency reported.
Lavrov earlier spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by telephone in a bid to resolve differences on the proposed resolution.
Russia, which has close ties to Iran, has objected to earlier drafts aimed at pressuring Iran to halt its uranium-enrichment work. But Interfax today quotes Lavrov as saying the current draft "largely reflects our approach."
He said that the proposed resolution may persuade Iran to cooperate with the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has objected to U.S.-backed proposals for an international travel ban on some Iranian officials and a freeze of overseas financial assets of individuals and companies linked to Iranian nuclear and missile programs.
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